Marta breaks scoring record at Women’s WCup
MONTREAL (AP) — Marta scored her 15th career Women’s World Cup goal to become the all-time leader in tournament history, leading Brazil to a 2-0 win over South Korea on Tuesday.
In the day’s other games, France dominated play and beat England 1-0, Costa Rica and Spain played out a 1-1 draw in a first-ever appearance for both sides at the event, and a late long-range goal gave Colombia a 1-1 draw with Mexico.
Marta, the five-time world player of the year, converted a penalty in the 53rd minute to put Brazil up 2-0, taking her past the previous record of 14 World Cup goals scored by Germany’s Brigit Prinz.
In another piece of history, 37-year-old Formiga — playing at her sixth World Cup — became the oldest scorer in tournament history when she put Brazil ahead in the 33rd minute.
Marta’s penalty came after Formiga was fouled by South Korea’s So-hyun Cho.
Brazil plays its second group-stage game against Spain on Saturday, while South Korea faces Costa Rica.
France’s Eugenie Le Sommer scored in the 29th minute and that was enough to secure a 1-0 win against England.
Le Sommer scored her 45th career international goal in the 29th minute. Gaetane Thiney forced a turnover and Le Sommer won the loose ball, took two touches and hammered in a shot from 20 yards.
France, which beat England in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup, has not lost to its Channel rival in the women’s game since 1974.
Le Sommer had chances to extend the lead but shot directly at the keeper in the 46th minute and sailed a volley over the goal in the 56th.
France was much more aggressive in the attacking half, outshooting England 16-3.
Spain and Costa Rica rapidly exchanged first-half goals but could not find the net thereafter in a 1-1 result.
Vicky Losada put Spain ahead in the 13th minute but just a minute later Costa Rica drew level when Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno steered home a centering pass from Katherine Alvarado.
Spain controlled the possession for much of the second half, with Jennifer Hermoso and Sonia Bermudez narrowly missing chances soon after halftime.
Losada had another late opportunity, but Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved a shot headed to the top left part of the goal.
Colombia’s Daniela Montoya scored a booming goal from outside the penalty area in the 82nd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw against Mexico.
Veronica Perez put Mexico up 1-0 in the 35th minute, turning after a corner and firing a shot that the Colombian goalkeeper could not prevent crossing the line.
Yoreli Rincon nearly equalized for Colombia in the 59th minute, but her free kick over the outstretched Mexican goalkeeper Cecelia Santiago hit the post. However, Montoya tied the game in the final 10 minutes.
Mexico next plays against England on Saturday, while Colombia faces France.