Brazil defeat Norway 3-0 as Australia see off Equatorial Guinea.
Brazil booked their place in the last eight of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany as Marta’s two goals helped them to a 3-0 win over Norway on Sunday.
Norway can still join the South Americans in the quarter-finals if they come out on top in their winner takes-all final Group D clash against Australia. Brazil will top the group with a point against Equatorial Guinea. And they look likely to do at least that based on this display in Wolfsburg.
Marta gave them the lead on 22 minutes before they killed off Norway by scoring two goals within three minutes of the second half starting. Rosana scored in the 46th minute before Marta got her second two minutes later. arta is the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year and she was the main difference between the two sides as Norway vainly battled to stay in the match.
Australia, meanwhile, beat Equatorial Guinea 3-2 which means the Africans are almost out of the finals. Australia dominated from the start and went in front after only eight minutes through Leena Khamis.
Equatorial Guinea struck a surprise equaliser in the 21st minute through their captain Anonman, but their ability to stay on level terms was always in doubt.
Two goals in three minutes early in the second half finished it off as Emily Van Egmond and Lisa De Vanna scored before a great goal from Anonman set up a potentially tense final 20 minutes.