My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
Andressa Alves 44
Brazil named the same team that had beaten South Korea, whilst Spain made two with Virginia Torrecilla and Marta Corredera replacing Sonia Bermudez and Jennifer Hermoso.
Spain should have taken the lead in the 8th minute when a long ball sent Natalia Pablos through on goal, but under pressure from the recovering Monica, she shot wide of the right post.
Brazil then nearly scored a horror own goal when Marta Corredera’s cross nearly found Pablos, but instead, Rafaelle got a foot to it and could only watch as the ball just went wide of the far post.
Brazil then gave Spain a warning about the danger their front three posed when Marta’s ball sent Cristiane free but she was denied by Marta Torrejon’s last ditch tackle.
Then Spanish indecision nearly cost them. Formiga played the ball towards the left post where keeper Ainhoa Tirapu came and missed the ball, but Celia Jimenez’s great defensive header saved them. Spain then launched a counter where they nearly scored, but Vicky Losada’s shot was well saved by Luciana.
And then Brazil scored the only goal of the game. Tamires’ long ball sends Andressa Alves through, and she prodded the ball past the onrushing keeper. Jiminez chased the ball down and stopped the ball on the line, but could only set up Alves who chipped the ball over the despairing defender. Andressa Alves was brought to tears as she realises she had just scored her first ever World Cup goal.
Brazil nearly created a couple of chances early in the second half, but each time the ball into the box was hooked clear by Torrejon. And then Andressa Alves fired the ball into the side netting.
They really should have scored a second when Marta set up Andressa, but her powerful shot was tipped over superbly by Tirapu.
Spain nearly pulled a goal back as Priscila Borja did well to keep the ball in play before picking out Pablos, but her shot across goal narrowly went wide.
Brazil were left wondering how they hadn’t scored when Fabiana’s cross was kept in by Marta who then set up Formiga 6 yards from goal, but somehow she missed the target.
Both sides had glorious opportunities in second half stoppage time. A Spanish free-kick caused mayhem in the box and the ball fell to Alexia Putellas, but her shot hit the near post. And then Brazil launched a counter-attack with Marta setting Raquel Fernandes free, but her first touch was heavy and she ended up fouling the keeper.
Woman of the Match
Andressa Alves – Brazil
Brazil: (4-3-3) Luciana, Fabiana (Poliana 77), Monica, Rafaelle, Tamires, Thaisa (Darlene 60), Formiga, Andressa, Marta (c), Cristiane (Raquel Fernandes 89), Andressa Alves.
Goal: Andressa Alves 44.
Booked: Raquel Fernandes 90+3.
Spain: (4-3-3) Ainhoa Tirapu, Celia Jimenez, Marta Torrejon, Irene Paredes, Leire Landa, Vicky Losada, Virginia Torrecilla (Sonia Bermudez 77), Veronica Boquete (c), Marta Corredera (Priscila Borja 70), Natalia Pablos (Silvia Meseguer 71), Alexia Putellas.
Booked: Leire Landa 23.