Monday, September 22, 2003

Katia's two goals set tone for Brazil


Women's World Cup roundup

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Brazil's women looked every bit as creative and powerful as its men in a 3-0 victory over South Korea at the World Cup Sunday.

Katia scored two second-half goals, while Marta scored in the first period for the Brazilians, one of the world's most improved teams.

"This was the first game and everybody was new," coach Paulo Goncalves said. "But fortunately we put it together."

Marta opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 14th minute, taking the spark out of the Koreans.

Just 10 minutes into the second period, Katia sent a 15-yard blast home for a 2-0 edge. She connected again seven minutes later after breaking behind the defense on a pass from Simone.

Russia 2, Australia 1

CARSON, Calif. - Elena Fomina atoned for missing a penalty kick by scoring the tiebreaking goal in the 89th minute to give Russia the win.

The victory gave Russia the early edge for second place in Group D.

Fomina took a pass from Galina Komarova and drilled a shot from 20 yards just inside the left post. Australian goalkeeper Cassandra Kell dived, but could not reach the ball.

Russia will play Ghana while Australia will face China Thursday in their second of three games in group play.




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