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Marta and Formiga: Brazil legends create Olympic history

Brazil's midfielder Marta shoots to score the opening goal during the match against China.

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Brazil’s midfielder Marta shoots to attain the opening objective in the course of the match towards China.



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Brazil soccer legends Marta and Formiga created Olympic history on Wednesday of their opening match of the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Marta, extensively thought to be one of many best feminine footballers of all time, grew to become the primary participant to attain in 5 straight Olympics after netting in her nation’s 5-0 win towards China.

The 35-year-old, who has scored 111 worldwide objectives and has been named FIFA World Player of the Year six instances, opened the scoring within the ninth minute earlier than including a second objective within the 74th minute.

Debinha, Andressa Alves and Beatriz scored the opposite objectives as Brazil eased to victory of their Group F match in Rifu, Japan.

Marta celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal against China.

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Marta celebrates with teammates after scoring her crew’s first objective towards China.

Marta’s brace means she now has 12 Olympic Games objectives to her identify, having scored her first in Athens in 2004, and is now simply two shy of the all-time file held by her compatriot Cristiane.

She wasn’t the one certainly one of Brazil’s gamers to make history on Wednesday although, as her 43-year-old teammate Formiga additionally created some Olympic history of her personal.

The Sao Paolo midfielder, who has 201 caps for her nationwide crew, grew to become the primary girls’s participant to participate in seven Olympic Games after enjoying 72 minutes towards China.

She made her Brazil debut on the 1995 World Cup as a 17-year-old and has performed in each Olympic Games since girls’s soccer made its debut on the 1996 Atlanta Games.

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Shuang Wang and Formiga battle for possession.

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Shuang Wang and Formiga battle for possession.

Having gained silver at each the 2004 and 2008 Games, Formiga is seeking to lastly win that gold medal which has thus far been elusive.

The 2016 Games, which have been performed on residence soil, resulted in heartbreak for Formiga and her teammates as they misplaced to Sweden on penalties within the semifinals earlier than dropping the bronze medal match to Canada.

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