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Brazil sweep into Final
 Women's Football News 28 Sep 2007
 
Brazil sweep into Final - 28 Sep 2007 - Women's Football NewsBrazil stunned World Cup favourites USA as a virtuoso display from Marta carried them towards a 4-0 victory in their semi final in Hangzhou. 
 
The result takes Brazil into the World Cup Final for the first time ever whilst the Americans suffered their first defeat in 51 matches.
 
USA coach Greg Ryan took the shock decision to drop goalkeeper Hope Solo, replacing her with the experienced Briana Scurry and the Americans never came to terms with the speed and invention of the Canarinhas, in particular the World Player of the Year.
 
Brazil started the game brightly and took the lead in the 20th minute and, like Germany the day before, it was through an own goal. Formiga's near post corner was headed into her own net, under no pressure, by Leslie Osbourne as she stooped to clear.
 
Within seven minutes, Marta cut in from the right and sent in a low shot through the grasp of Scurry at her near post to double Brazil's lead and USA's task became even harder shortly before half time as Shannon Boxx was harshly shown a second yellow card after tangling legs with Cristiane - whose shocking reaction after the showing of the card was wholly inappropriate for the occasion.
 
In the second half, the USA gambled by playing three defenders but the game was over as a contest before the hour mark, as the speedy Formiga raced down the left before setting up Cristiane to plant her shot in the next from fifteen yards.
 
Kirstine Lilly should have done better with a golden chance but shot straight at Ariane and, from that moment, it was the Marta show. After teasing the American defence with a series of tricks and flicks, she delivered the coup de grace eleven minutes from time as she flicked the ball past Tina Ellerston, turned and beat another defender before drilling her shot past Scurry for the fourth goal.
 
Brazil: Andreia, Elaine, Aline, Tania, Renata Costa, Ester, Daniela, Formiga, Maycon, Marta, Cristiane.

USA: Briana Scurry, Stephanie Lopez (sub Carli Lloyd 45mins), Christie Rampone, Cat Whitehill, Leslie Osborne, Kate Markgraf (sub Marian Dalmy 74mins), Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Heather O'Reilly (sub Tina Ellertson 60mins), Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly.

Photo - Marta gives a masterclass… surrounded by Carli Lloyd, Leslie Osborne and Lori Chalupny.
(www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

 
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