Brazil holds off Aussie women

Australia's Lisa De Vanna is sandwiched between Brazil's Maurine (left) and Daiane (3rd left)...

Australia's Lisa De Vanna is sandwiched between Brazil's Maurine (left) and Daiane (3rd left) during their Women's World Cup match in Moenchengladbach, Germany on June 29, 2011. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay)

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MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany -- A goal from Rosana in the 54th minute was enough to lead Brazil to a 1-0 win over Australia in Group D play at the Women's World Cup on Wednesday.

Considered to be among the tournament favourites, Brazil struggled to get hold of the game in the first half before picking up its play over the second 45 minutes to claim the win.

The victory allows Brazil to join Norway at the top of the group after the Norwegians posted a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea earlier in the day.

Australia produced the first good chance of the match in the 23rd minute when Kyah Simon got into the penalty area on the left and smacked a left-footed shot toward the near post that forced an acrobatic save from Brazil goalkeeper Andreia.

The first chance for Brazil arrived a few minutes later with Christiane scuffing a shot from 16 yards that fell to Rosana, who lifted her effort over the crossbar from close range.

Christiane then wasted another good chance following a quality build up as she missed the target from inside the area with a first-time shot.

Marta had a relatively quiet day for Brazil, and it was Christiane that produced the one moment of brilliance that the Brazilians needed when she juggled the ball between two defenders and nodded it into the area for Rosana, who finished emphatically with a well-struck left-footed shot.

Australia hardly managed to threaten Andreia's net in the second half, but Lisa De Vanna had a great opportunity to equalize three minutes from time.

She tracked down a long ball from Collette McCallum in behind the Brazil defence, but with only Andreia to beat, she lifted her shot over the net with the keeper charging off her line.

The Matildas will try to rebound from the loss on July 3 against Equatorial Guinea, while Brazil faces off against Norway with the winner taking control of the group.


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