Cristiane's hat trick leads Brazil past Jamaica


Brazil's Cristiane, center, celebrates after scoring her side's opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble, France, Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Marta returned to practice last Tuesday after missing out on training since May 24 with the injury.

Earlier in the day, Barbara Bonansea ensured Italy a dramatic return to the World Cup after a 20-year absence with a stoppage-time victor that gave her team a last-gasp win over tournament dark horses Australia.

Andressa had a good chance to double Brazil's lead from the penalty spot seven minutes before the interval but goalkeeper Sydney Schneider denied the forward. And the final goal of the match was off a free kick in the 64th minute when she placed it in the upper right corner just out of reach of the keeper.

Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

The win puts Italy in a great position to qualify from Group C.

Her hat-trick goal was the pick of the bunch, a sublime free-kick swept left-footed beyond the Jamaica wall and in off the underside of the crossbar to cap off a wonderful individual display.

The Women's World Cup is running now, with Group C and Group D beginning play on Sunday.

"We scored three goals but I think we need to be more effective to score more goals". The No. 1-ranked United States is the defending Women's World Cup champion. Her eighth-minute strike was ruled out for the tightest of offsides following a long check via the video assistant referee (VAR) system.

After that the well-organised Italians slowly squeezed the life out of their opponents.