Marta has set a record for men and women with her 17th World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Italy, which ensured the Selecao advanced to the knockout stage for the sixth-straight time.
The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored from the penalty spot in the 74th minute at Stade du Hainaut on Tuesday, sending her effort to the left of goalkeeper Laura Giuliani after Debinha was fouled by Elena Linari. It was the second goal of the tournament for Marta – both penalties.
Her goal against Australia last Thursday tied the World Cup record set by Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 for Germany from 2002 to 2014. The United States’ Abby Wambach and Germany’s Birgit Prinz are tied for second among women with 14.
Marta is the only player, male or female, to score in five World Cups. Brazil had needed only a draw to advance.
Despite the defeat Italy topped Group C on goal difference from Australia and Brazil, after all three nations finished with 2-1 records and six points. Le Azzurre will play a third-place team in the round of 16 on Tuesday. The second-placed Matildas will meet Norway on Saturday.
Brazil will face Germany on Saturday or hosts France on Sunday.