The star midfielder scored a brace as Brazil beat China in their tournament opener …
Already a great star of women’s football, the Brazilian star Marta, on Wednesday, has further grown his legend. She became the first footballer (in both men and women) to play five consecutive Olympic games and to score in each of those editions.
Brazil’s women’s soccer team started their campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a landslide 5-0 victory over China where Marta scored a brace. Brazil are placed in Group FC alongside the Netherlands, China and Zambia.
In the other group game, the Netherlands kicked off their campaign with a 10-3 victory over Zambia.
When did Marta make her Olympic debut and how did she perform?
At the age of 18, Marta was named to Brazil’s Olympic team at the Athens Games in 2004. The Brazilian midfielder scored three goals in the tournament as Brazil reached the final. Unfortunately, they lost to the United States 2-1 and settled for a silver medal.
In 2008 in Beijing, Marta again scored three goals in the tournament as Brazil reached the final, but they again lost to the United States 1-0 in the gold medal game.
In London 2012, Brazil were ousted from competition in the quarter-finals after losing 0-2 to Japan as they finished sixth in the tournament. Marta scored two goals in the group stage.
At Rio 2016, Brazil reached the semi-final but lost to Sweden 3-4 (0-0) in the tiebreaker, then lost to Canada 1-2 in the bronze medal clash. . Marta had scored two goals and provided two assists in the tournament.
How Marta played in international women’s football
Since making his international debut in 2002 at the age of 16, Marta has so far played 160 international matches for Brazil and has scored 111 goals so far in his career. She is the all-time top scorer in the Women’s World Cup with 17 goals in her cat in five World Cup appearances. Marta is six times FIFA World Player of the Year.
What is the schedule for the Brazilian women’s football team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
After beating China 5-0 in their first game of the tournament, Marta’s Brazil will face the Netherlands on July 24 and then Zambia in their final group game on July 27.