Brazil Overwhelms South Korea 3-0
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Brazil’s women looked every bit as creative and powerful as its men in a 3-0 victory over South Korea at the World Cup on Sunday.
Katia scored two second-half goals, while Marta scored in the first period for the Brazilians, one of the world’s most improved teams. While they aren’t at the level of their celebrated men’s squad, which has won an unmatched five world championships, the Brazilians were far too much for the Koreans to handle.
In moving to the top of Group B, Brazil repeatedly surged behind the Korean defense. Katia was the most dangerous weapon and she probably could have had a handful of goals with better marksmanship.
Marta opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 14th minute, which seemed to take the spark out of the Koreans.
Just 10 minutes into the second period, Katia sent a 15-yard blast home for a 2-0 edge. She connected again seven minutes later, after breaking behind the defense on a nice pass from Simone.
Katia misplayed a feed in front late in the half with a gaping net in front of her, and remained on her hands and knees for several moments, bemoaning the missed opportunity for a hat trick.
Brazil, ranked sixth in the world, never really was threatened by the 15th-ranked South Koreans.