Reggae Girlz lose 3-0 to Brazil in World Cup debut

Marta Silva of Brazil looks on during the international friendly match between Brazil W and Scotland W at Pinatar Arena

No Marta, no problem for Brazil as Veteran forward Cristiane had herself a day on Sunday by making history and leading Brazil to a 3-0 victory over Jamaica in its opening match of the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Marta suffered the thigh injury in practice last week but had returned to training Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Barbara Bonansea ensured Italy a dramatic return to the World Cup after a 20-year absence with a stoppage-time victor that gave her team a last-gasp win over tournament dark horses Australia.

The 34-year-old completed her hat-trick in the 64th minute, expertly striking a free-kick from just outside the area off the crossbar and into the net for her 92nd global goal.

But getting past Jamaica, the lowest Federation Internationale de Football Association ranked team in the 2019 World Cup at No. 53 in the world rankings, was expected.

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Schneider, a 19-year-old American-born goalkeeper studying at the University of North Carolina, was handed her place after coaches learned she had Jamaican grandparents on her mother's side.

Bonansea scored the equalizer for the 15th-ranked Italians in the 56th minute and headed home the victor past goalkeeper Lydia Williams in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

The Australians, tipped by many to have a big impact in France, had taken a first-half lead through hotshot Samantha Kerr. France is hosting FIFA World Cup 2019 for the first time.

They play their first game today at 15.30 local time, when they have the intimidating prospect of facing the experienced Brazilian team on the pitch.

Daniela Sabatino had a goal ruled out for offside, but Italy were not to be denied a second, with Bonansea their hero in the dying embers with a fantastic header to clinch the points.

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