Cristiane broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record to become the oldest player in FIFA World Cup™ history to score a hat-trick as Brazil brushed past Jamaica.
The 34-year-old started in place of injured of six-time FIFA World Player of the Year legend Marta and justified her selection by hitting the first treble of FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ in a 3-0 triumph.
The Sao Paulo striker, aged 34 years and 25 days, topped Ronaldo's landmark, which the Portugal forward set in a 3-3 draw against Spain at Russia 2018 aged 33 years and 130 days.
Brazil’s 41-year-old midfielder Formiga set two other all-time records, becoming the oldest player to appear at a FIFA World Cup™ and the first player to appear at seven tournaments.
With the Reggae Girlz making their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ debut in front of 17,000 people in Grenoble, Cristiane’s bullet header opened the scoring after 15 minutes.
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Jamaica’s 19-year-old keeper Sydney Schneider was in inspired form, saving a penalty from Cristiane and pulling of a string of excellent saves to keep the underdogs in the game.
Cristiane tapped in her second five minutes after half-time before curling in a free-kick on 64 minutes to surge to the top of the Golden Boot charts and put Brazil on top of Group C.
World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
Australia v Brazil
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Kick-off: 2.00am AEST (6.00pm local time, Thursday 13 June)
Jamaica v Australia
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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