NZF/September 12, 2007
WUHAN, CHINA – Brazil produced a masterclass in long-range finishing to beat New Zealand 5-0 in their group D opener at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Wuhan, China on Wednesday night.
All but the last of Brazil’s goals were scored from outside the penalty area with classy finishes, including a stunning 35-yard shot from holding midfielder Renata four minutes from time.
Three goals in the last 20 minutes gave the score-line some padding as kiwi legs tired from a second half spent increasingly in their own territory and under immense pressure, but with just one
goal in it at half time, the chance for the senior women to emulate their U-20 counterparts and get a result against the Selecao was within reach.
Starting five players from that 2006 U-20 side – with another two on the bench – New Zealand frustrated Brazil throughout the first half, content to defend strongly, upset the Brazilians rhythm,
force them into mistakes, and hit them on the counter attack.
Story courtesy of NZF Media…