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Italy v Brazil Live Commentary, 18/06/2019

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Marta (74 pen)
Stade du Hainaut


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Italy top Group C on goal difference, Australia go through as runners-up and then Brazil third, with all three teams finishing on six points.
Brazil clinch a 1-0 victory over Italy thanks to a Marta penalty midway through the second half. Brazil dominated much of the second period, with Zaneratto and Kathellen both going close before Marta finally managed to break the deadlock from the penalty spot after Debinha was barged to the ground by Linari. The Brazil skipper sent the keeper the wrong way to score her 17th World Cup goal.
90' + 6' This Italy free-kick is in a good shooting position, but it's drilled straight into the wall and Brazil manage to clear the danger.
Yellow Card
90' + 4' Kathellen is shown a late yellow card after her late challenge on Bonansea right on the edge of the box.
90' + 2' Italy scored a very late goal against Spain in the opening group game, can they do the same tonight? Brazil are slowing the pace of the game down at the moment, taking their time with set pieces and throw-ins.
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added time played.
88' Marta has now scored more World Cup goals then any other male or female player, beating Miroslav Klose's record of 16 goals.
86' There has been plenty of goals in the other game in Group C, with Australia now beating Jamaica 4-1, with Sam Kerr scoring all four goals.
84' Final Brazil change, with Marta making her way off the pitch, with Luana replacing her.
82' Less than 10 minutes left to play here, with Italy starting to get back into the game but they are yet to test Barbara in the second half.
80' Brazil are in control of the game, with Italy sitting deep trying to soak up the pressure as Brazil look full of confidence now.
I. Mauro
C. Girelli
78' Third and final Italy substitution, with Girelli coming off and she has been replaced by Mauro.
Letícia Santos
76' Brazil with another substitution as Santos comes off and she is replaced by Poliana.
Penalty Goal
74' GOOOAAALLL! Brazil lead 1-0! Marta had to wait a long time to take the penalty after VAR checked the decision, but that didn't affect her, sending the ball into the bottom corner of the net, with Giuliani diving the wrong way. Marta is now the outright top goalscorer in World Cup history, with 17 goals.
72' BRAZIL PENALTY! Debinha goes down after Linari barges into her as the striker races into the box and the Italian centre-back doesn't get anywhere near the ball. The referee points to the spot straight away and after a VAR check, the penalty stands.
L. Boattin
E. Bartoli
71' Another Italy substitution, with Bartoli coming off and she has been replaced by Boattin.
70' Good effort! Debinha with another chance after Marta chips the ball over the top, she volleys the ball towards the far post, but she doesn't get enough power behind it and Giuliani gets down quickly to make a decent save.
68' Brazil have won their last three matches against Italy in all competitions, also beating them twice in two friendly games in December 2016 (3-1 & 5-3).
66' CLOSE! Zaneratto is involved in the action straight away and she almost puts Brazil ahead! Ludmila does well down the right, she drills a low cross into the box, which Zaneratto meets at the near post and flicks it on, aiming for the bottom corner. However, she gets too much on it and the ball goes narrowly wide of the post.
Bia Zaneratto
65' Brazil now make their first change, with Cristiane replaced by Zaneratto.
V. Bergamaschi
V. Giacinti
63' Here is the Italian substitution with Giacinti coming off the pitch and she has been replaced by Bergamaschi.
62' It looks like we are about to see the first change of the game, with Italy getting ready to make one on the touchline.
60' It's a bit scrappy at the moment, with neither team able to mount a strong attack to try and open the scoring. It's very open, but Italy look more comfortable.
58' Marta has been struggling with an injury for Brazil, she missed their opening group game and then came off at the break against Australia. However, she is still on the pitch at the moment and they'll want to keep her on for as long as possible.
56' CLOSE! Kathellen with a free header in the box, she powers the ball towards the far post and it flies just inches wide of the post, with Giuliani scrambling across her goal. I'm not sure she wouldn't got to that if it was on target.
54' Five of Italy's seven goals at the 2019 Women's World Cup have come in the second half.
52' OFF THE BAR! Andressinha steps up to take the free-kick, she gets it up and over the Italian wall and it looks like it is going to fly into the top corner, but it doesn't just have enough dip on it and it strikes the top of the crossbar.
51' Free-kick to Brazil in an excellent shooting position, right on the edge of the penalty area after Cernoia barges into the back of Tamires.
50' Brazil look short of ideas in attack at the moment, they are unable to break down the Italian defence who look comfortable.
48' Brazil are enjoying the early possession here in the second half, but the pace of the game is quite slow and we are yet to see either side venture into their opponents' final third.
46' The second half is underway!
Australia are currently beating Jamaica 2-0 in the other game tonight, so they will finish as runners-up, Italy as winners and Brazil would go through as one of the best third placed teams. However, that could all change with an Italian goal.
It's goalless at the break between Italy and Brazil, but both teams have had plenty of chances to open the scoring and as it stands both teams will be going through to the knockout stages. Debinha has gone the closest for Brazil, forcing Giuliani into making a great reaction save after a flick on at the near post from a corner. Girelli had a goal correctly ruled out for offside for Italy, before Bonansea had their best chance with a volley from close range, but Barbara made a very good stop.
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played.
44' Girelli’s hat-trick against Jamaica saw her become the first Italian hat-trick scorer at the Women’s World Cup since 1991, when Carolina Morace scored the first ever hat-trick at the tournament against Chinese Taipei.
42' There's not long left to play until the half-time whistle now, can either side break the deadlock before the end of the first half?
40' ITALY CHANCE! Great save by Barbara to deny Bonansea from close range after a quick counter-attack by Italy. The striker was unmarked at the far post as a deep cross is whipped in from the right wing and she volleys it goalwards, but Barbara shows superb reactions to push it away from danger.
39' Penalty shout! Brazil are appealing for a penalty after the ball strikes the arm of Linari, but there is nothing the centre-back could do about that. She was turning away from the ball and her arm was by her side. Nothing given following the VAR review.
37' Brazil need to increase the pace of game if they are to break down this resilient Italy defence, switch the ball faster and try to stretch their opponents. Marta is dropping deep to get onto the ball.
35' Bartoli has been heavily involved in the action for Italy tonight, she's already been booked and she has now just received a warning from the referee after disagreeing with a decision.
33' It's still goalless here between Italy and Brazil, but both teams have certainly had chances to open the scoring. Australia are currently 1-0 up against Jamaica in the other game.
31' Italy look more dangerous now, with Brazil not looking comfortable at the back and their opponents are starting to cause them problems. They led 2-0 in their last game, before going on to lose 3-2 due to some poor defending.
29' GOAL RULED OUT! Girelli with a wonderful goal after a flick on by Galli, she keeps the ball alive and shows great skill to beat her marker and then volley the ball into the back of the net past Barbara. However, the flag then goes up for offside and after a VAR check, it's the correct decision.
28' The pace has dropped slightly in the last few minutes, with Italy now beginning to get a foothold in the game.
26' In their 3-2 defeat to Australia, Brazil became only the second team to lose a Women’s World Cup match having been two goals ahead, after Germany against Sweden in 1995 – they had won their last 12 Women’s World Cup games when scoring first before the defeat.
24' Good cross! Cernoia with a superb low cross into the penalty area, between the Brazilian keeper and defence. However, no Italian players are on their toes in the box and the ball flies straight out of play.
23' Debinha has looked lively tonight and she is the latest Brazilian player to fire a shot towards the Italian goal, however this time she powers her volley her over the crossbar.
22' Italy are giving away a few too many silly free-kicks in a good positions in their own half. So the ball is constantly coming straight back at them and the defence has had a lot of work to do.
20' Italy are camped inside their own half at the moment, they are being put under a lot of pressure by Brazil and they have had the better chances so far tonight.
18' A couple more corners for Brazil, with Giuliani having to tip one over the crossbar and then the latest is whipped towards the far post, which Kathellen meets, but she powers the ball over the bar.
17' CLOSE! Debinha with a great chance to put Brazil ahead. Marta whips the ball towards the near post from the corner and Debinha gets in front of her marker, showing superb skill to flick it towards goal, but Giuliani makes a great reaction save.
16' Marta whips the free-kick into the box, but she falls to beat the first Italian defender as Bonansea smashes the ball behind and out for a corner.
E. Bartoli
Yellow Card
15' An Italian is now shown a yellow card as Bartoli lunges into the tackle on Debinha and catches the shin of the Brazilian, ripping the sock of her opponent.
14' Italy and Brazil last met in a Women’s World Cup match back in June 1999, when the South American side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to a brace from Golden Boot winner Sissi.
Letícia Santos
Yellow Card
12' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Santos after her stamp on Bonansea. The Italian player won the ball and Santos went into the tackle with her studs up and almost stamped on her opponent.
11' Another Italy corner now, once again it comes from a run down the left wing, which is where they are getting a lot of joy at the moment.
9' It's quite scrappy at the moment, with both teams unable to keep the ball for a sustained period and there have been a few too many sloppy passes to hand the ball back to their opponents.
7' The game is very open in these opening few minutes, with Brazil seeing more of the ball but they look vulnerable at the back themselves and Italy look dangerous on the counter-attack.
5' SAVE! Bonansea cuts inside from the left wing and tries to fire the ball into the bottom corner of the net, but Barbara gets down well and pushes the ball around the post and out for a corner. The resulting corner is well cleared by Brazil.
4' They take the corner short, but Linari heads away the deep cross into the box. However, Brazil win the ball back and keep the pressure up in the final third.
3' Brazil with the early possession here, keeping the ball well in the middle of the pitch and looking to push forward and get an early goal. They've won an early corner.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are underway, so kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
Both teams have made two changes to their starting line-ups for the final group game. Italy bring Galli and Giacinti coming into the team, with Bergameschi and Sabatino dropping to the bench. Meanwhile for Brazil, Alves and Formiga drop out, with Andressinha and Ludmila starting in their place.
BRAZIL SUBS: Poliana, Daiane, Andressa Alves, Raquel, Tayla, Leticia, Geyse, Luana, Aline, Bia Zaneratto, Camila.
BRAZIL (4-5-1): Barbara; Leticia Santos, Monica, Kathellen, Tamires; Thaisa; Debinha, Marta, Andressinha, Ludmila; Cristiane.
ITALY SUBS: Linda Tucceri Cimini, Lisa Boattin, Valentina Bergamaschi, Annamaria Serturini, Martina Rosucci, Laura Fusetti, Stefania Tarenzi, Daniela Sabatino, Ilaria Mauro, Alice Parisi, Chiara Marchitelli, Rosalia Pipitone.
ITALY (4-3-3): Laura Giuliani; Alia Guagni, Elena Linari, Sara Gama, Elisa Bartoli; Valentina Cernoia, Manuela Giugliano, Aurora Galli; Barbara Bonansea, Cristiana Girelli, Valentina Giacinti.
Meanwhile Brazil are still battling it out with Australia for the runners-up spot, having beaten Jamacia, but then losing 3-2 to Australia in their second game, despite being 2-0 up. However, a draw tonight would also be enough to qualify even if Australia beat Jamacia, they would go through as one of the best third placed teams.
Italy have already qualified for the knockout stages and they will finish top of the group if they avoid defeat against Brazil tonight. They beat Australia 2-1 in their opening game and then thrashing Jamaica 5-0, with Girelli scoring a hat-trick.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group C Women's World Cup clash between Italy and Brazil.