Marta’s 17th goal makes her top scorer in World Cup history

Brazilian superstar Marta scored her 17th World Cup goal on Tuesday to become the record holder for both male and female World Cup.

The goal originated from the penalty kick she converted in the 74th minute after Atletico Madrid’s Linari was penalized for barging over Debinha and the referee, Lucila Venegas, correctly pointed to the spot.

The superstar stepped up and blasted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the post, giving Brazil a lead they held on to as they make history in the process.

Marta’s goal gets her country into the round of 16 with the team finishing in third place with six points.

The strike pushed her past Miroslav Klose’s, who scored 16 World Cup goals for the German men’s team.

Marta’s seventeenth goal was sufficient to lead her former German star Miroslav Klose counterpart, who scored 16 goals in four World Cups finals while playing for German national team.

Marta has now scored 112 times in 145 appearances for Brazil and is the only footballer to score at five different World Cup finals.

Marta began her scoring at her first appearance in the World Cup in 2003, scoring three times.

In 2007, she added seven more goals in the tournament to win the Golden Shoe as well as the Golden Ball as Brazil lost to Germany in the competition finale.

The thirty-three-year-old added four goals in the 2011 World Cup and once at the 2015 tournament. Her goal on Tuesday became the second goal in this year’s tournament having scored in a 3-2 infamous loss to Australia in the nation’s second match.

Marta’s seventeenth goal has increased the margin between her and Birgit Prinz and Abby Wambach on the women’s side, who have fourteen goals each during their participation at the World Cup Finals.

The Brazillian has won the Fifa World Player of the Year award six times and contributed to Brazil’s two Olympic silver medals and as 2007 World Cup runners up.

Brazil’s victory over Italy put them on a six-point level with Italy and Australia as Italy led the group with a better goal difference of +5. Brazil and Australia both had +3 goal difference, but Australia occupied the second spot because of their victory over the Brazillian.

Jamaica, the last member of the group, had zero points having lost to all the other three group members.

Sam Kerr scored all the four goals for her side, putting the Matildas ahead with a circling header following 11 minutes before adding one more just before the break when she found herself unmarked.

Jamaica managed to pull one back with their first World Cup goal as Havana Solaun neatly put the ball past the goalkeeper.

In any case, Kerr was in a relentless state of mind, clinically finishing her hat-trick after a lucky ricochet in the 18-yard box, and she got a fourth late on, jumping on goalkeeper Nicole McClure’s crisp circulated clearance to score.

Brazil’s will face the third-place group from either  Group A or B in the knockout stage.

Author: Cossy

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