Brazil beats Australia 1-0
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) -- Rosana's second-half strike lifted Brazil to a 1-0 victory over Australia in its opening match at the women's World Cup on Wednesday.
The breakthrough in a hard-fought Group D match came in the 54th minute, when Cristiane capitalized on some scrappy Australian defending to head the ball to the 28-year-old Rosana, who took one touch past a defender before unleashing her shot past the helpless Melissa Barbieri.
Lisa De Vanna might have scored an equalizer but fired over in the 87th minute with only the goalkeeper to beat, and Australia also went close from a corner at the very end.
In the earlier Group D match, Emilie Haavi scored a late winner to give Norway a 1-0 victory over tournament newcomer Equatorial Guinea.