Marta inspires Brazil to Women's World Cup warm-up win

The five-time women's world player of the year scored two and set up another in a 4-1 victory over a Pernambuco state XI in preparation for Germany 2011.

Brazil continued their preparations for next month's Women's World Cup with a Marta-inspired 4-1 win over a Pernambuco state XI under heavy rain on Thursday evening.

The reigning five-time women's player of the year broke the deadlock early on before Lili Bala equalised for the hosts in Recife. However, Marta struck again to ensure Brazil carried a one-goal cushion into the break.

The 25-year-old then turned provider, crossing accurately for centre-back Erika to double the Selecao's lead, and full-back Rosana completed a 4-1 victory for Kleber Leite's side.

Brazil will kick off their Group C campaign at Germany 2011 against Australia on July 29, before taking on Norway on August 3 and Equatorial Guinea three days later.

Germany, the reigning champions, are the heavy favourites to win the sixth edition of the Women's World Cup, followed by Brazil and the USA.

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