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Marta hits five, Brazil beats Canada 7-0
« on: July 21, 2007, 07:52:02 PM »
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - World player of the year Marta put on a show at Maracana stadium on Friday, scoring five goals and helping Brazil rout Canada 7-0 in women's soccer at the Pan American Games on Friday.

Brazil will play in the semifinals against Mexico, which rallied from two goals down to upset the United States 3-2. The U.S. and Canada will meet in the other semifinal.

Marta's historic first goal at the famed Maracana came in the 25th minute, when she beat three Canadian defenders before firing a well-placed low shot into the net. Her second goal in the 52nd was just entertaining, leaving the goalkeeper on the ground before calmly finishing. Her other goals came in the 72nd, 85th and 88th.

"I had scored five goals before, but not here at Maracana," she said. "There's a different feeling here."

Marta said she had always dreamed about playing at the site of the 1950 World Cup final.

Rosana Augusto and Daniela Alves scored the other two goals for Brazil in the 50th and 66th.

Marta, named FIFA's World Player of the Year last year, is the tournament's leading scorer with 10 goals. She has played only three of Brazil's four matches in the tournament because she was not released in time by her Swedish club.

Marta scored four goals in the team's 10-0 victory over Ecuador on Wednesday, and one in the 5-0 win over Jamaica last Saturday.
Friday's match was a repeat of the 2003 Pan Ams final in the Dominican Republic, when Brazil won in extra time.

The Brazilians are favored to successfully defend their title in Rio. They finished the first round in first place in Group A with 12 points, three more than Canada.

The United States, playing with an under-20 squad, finished first in Group B with nine points despite the loss to Mexico.

The Americans got on the board at Maracana with Casey Nogueira in the 24th and Kelley O'Hara in the 57th, but Mexico came back with goals by Juana Evelyn Lopez in the 62nd and 64th, and by Teresa Worbis in the 79th.

"They deserved the victory," U.S. coach Jillian Ellis said. "We made basic mistakes and the Mexicans pressed ahead. They had many opportunities and competence not to miss them."

Argentina finished behind Mexico in the group despite routing Paraguay 5-2 at Miecimo da Silva stadium. It failed to advance on goal differential.

Also Friday, Ecuador defeated Uruguay 4-2.