Marta stars in Brazil victory

The two-time Fifa Player of the Year Marta scored her first goal of the tournament to help Brazil overcome North Korea 2-1.

SHENYANG // Marta and Daniela scored a goal each to help Brazil defeat North Korea 2-1 and stay on track for their first major title in women's football. Daniela opened the scoring in the 14th minute after a mistake by the Korean goalkeeper Jon Myong Hui, who gave the ball away to the striker while trying to prevent it from going over the touchline for a corner kick. The two-time Fifa Player of the Year Marta scored her first goal of the tournament with a left-foot effort from close range in the 22nd minute, beating goalkeeper Jon to the ball inside the area before firing a high shot into the far corner. North Korea scored through Ri Kum Suk in injury time. Today's win gave the Brazilians the lead in Group F and put them in good position to advance to the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament. *AP

Published: August 9, 2008 04:00 AM

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