Marta enters Olympic Games record books after scoring Brazil’s first game against China

The veteran striker has made more history with her country after finding the net in the Group F clash

Marta entered the Olympic Games record books after scoring Brazil’s opener against China.

The 12 nations competing in the Tokyo Games women’s soccer tournament are in action as the group stage kicks off on Wednesday, two days before the official opening ceremony.

Brazil got off to the best possible start to their first Pool F game against China thanks to Marta, who made history by scoring her 11th goal in Olympic competition before Debinha doubled her advantage in the middle of the first. half time. Marta then added a second goal in the second half.

Marta’s milestone

Marta became the first player, male or female, to find the net at five consecutive Olympic tournaments, after making her international debut in 2002.

The 35-year-old is now second in the all-time top scorers at the Olympics, edging Canada’s Christine Sinclair and just two behind her Brazilian compatriot Christine.

Elsewhere, Brazilian midfielder Formiga became the oldest player to ever play in the Games in his seventh consecutive tournament at the age of 43.

Marta’s career record

Marta’s last outing for Brazil marked her 160th international appearance and, after scoring twice against China to bring her tally to 111 goals, she extended her record as the player with the most goals in history. from his country.

The veteran striker is widely regarded as the best player of all time, having been named FIFA World Player of the Year six times, and played for 10 different clubs during her illustrious career, including Umea IK, Santos and Rosengard.

Marta is currently on the books for US team Orlando Pride, which she helped reach the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs for the first time last season.

Who else will Brazil play in Group F?

Marta and Co will continue their Group F campaign when they face the Netherlands on Saturday.

Brazil are next set to conclude their group schedule against Zambia on July 27 and hope to advance to the final eight as they attempt to win a gold medal for the first time in their history.

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