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Cristiane made World Cup history as Brazil handed Jamaica a 3-0 defeat in their first ever appearance in the competition in Grenoble.
The 34-year-old became the oldest person to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Finals match, breaking the record set last year by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiane headed Brazil in front on the quarter hour and they could have doubled their lead when Allyson Swaby was penalised for handball in the area, but Sydney Schneider kept her side in the game as she saved the resulting penalty from Andressa Alves.
Khadija Shaw almost got the Reggae Girlz back on level terms but she was denied by a fine one handed save from Barbara, meaning that Brazil took their one-goal lead into the interval.
Five minutes into the second half, Cristiane netted her second goal from close range and the striker went on to complete her hat-trick from a free kick.
Brazil therefore sit on top of Group C, alongside Italy who came from behind to win 2-1 against Australia in Valenciennes, in what is probably the result of the tournament so far.
The Matildas are strongly fancied by many to be among the contenders for the trophy and they went ahead midway through the first half, star striker being brought down in the area by Sara Gama before picking herself up to take the resulting penalty and although her initial attempt was saved, Kerr followed up to stroke home the rebound.
Italy reacted well to going behind and early in the second half, they were back on terms after capitalising on a mistake. Clare Polkinghorne gave possession away and Barbara Bonansea dribbled into the penalty area before burying her shot past Lydia Williams.
Italy had also had two goals disallowed for offside in an end-to-end half with both teams striving hard for a winner. Alanna Kennedy went close for Australia with a header and Gama atoned for her earlier error with a crucial block to foil Kerr as the game entered injury time.
In the final minute of injury time, Italy came up with a stunning blow as Valentina Cernoia floated in a superb cross, Williams went into no mans land and Bonansea was on hand to power home a far post header. There was too little time for Australia to respond and joyous celebrations greeted the end of Italy's first match in the finals for twenty years.
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