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Brazil vs Korea Republic: WWC Match Review

Brazil have faced Korea in 3 tournaments in the past, and they met once again last night for the Women's World Cup in Montreal, Canada. They have won the majority of matches played against the Korean's, but did they keep this up in last night's match?

Brazil have faced Korea in 3 tournaments in the past, and they met once again last night for the Women's World Cup in Montreal, Canada. They have won the majority of matches played against the Korean's, but did they keep this up in last night's match?

The first half of the match didn't offer many opportunities for either side to make a goal. But after seeing an error in tactics made by Korea Republic defender Kim Doyeon, 37 year old midfielder Formiga took advantage, swooped in and scored Brazil's first goal in the 33rd minute. Formiga, with a total of 137 international caps is officially the oldest goalscorer in this tournaments history.

By half time, the score was still 1-0 to Brazil. Korea Republic would have been pleased with their defence as a whole as they managed to keep Brazil at arms length for a considerable amount of the game, ensuring they had very little chances of scoring.

Just under ten minutes in to the second half, Korean midfielder and team captain Cho Sohyun tripped Formiga in the penalty area and thus presenting Brazil midfielder Marta Viera Da Silva – better known as just Marta, Brazil's number one scorer of all time – with the chance to double their lead.

Brazil's Captain Martas first ever Women's World Cup was against Korea, and she scored her first World Cup goal after a penalty in a match against the national team. In her first match of this year's World Cup, she calmly netted her 92nd goal in 93 international games, again in a penalty shot, putting Brazil ahead 2-0. We had named Marta as a player to look out for, and she certainly didn't disappoint, now holding the new tournament record of 15 World Cup goals. That position formerly belonged to Germany's Brigit Prinz – who is now retired – with 14 goals.

The closest Brazil have ever come to winning the Women's World Cup was in 2007 after they lost to Germany in the finals. Despite their win and current top place in Group F, they only showed glimmers of their true strength this match and Korea did do well to fend them off as much as they could, it just wasn't enough and the game ended at 2-0 to Brazil.

What did you think of the teams' performances? Let us know on our twitter page and hashtag #wwc15df.

Make sure you put this score down in your very own Group Stage Chart in our Resource Centre.

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