FIFA Women's World Cup 2011, Brazil Vs. Norway: Marta Goal Has Brazil Up At Halftime

Brazil and Norway aren't playing a particularly pretty game in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, but just like they did in their opening game of the tournament against Australia, Brazil have taken the lead despite not being at their best, thanks to a great piece of individual skill. Rosana was the one who found the back of the net in that game, but in this one it was none other than Marta, the five time FIFA World Player of the Year. Her team should probably thank her persistently, as it was the only way they were ever going to score. 

It's been a very nasty, physical game with both teams delivering some crunching tackles. Brazil are playing much more direct than most watchers would expect to see from them, and their 3-4-3 formation still looks very questionable. However, in the 22nd minute, Marta did what Marta does and beat two defenders before beating Ingrid Hjelmseth and slotting the ball into the back of the net. Brazil have been far from convincing, but that won't matter as long as they can hold on to their 1-0 lead.

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