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Marta sets record with 17th World Cup goal in Brazil victory

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 18/06/2019
Brazil's Marta reacts during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) © Provided by The Associated Press Brazil's Marta reacts during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

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Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil's 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time.

The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored a penalty kick in the 74th minute at Stade du Hainaut, sending a line drive to the left of goalkeeper Laura Giuliani after Debinha was fouled by Elena Linari.

Italy's Sara Gama, left, tries to block a shot from Brazil's Marta during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) © Provided by The Associated Press Italy's Sara Gama, left, tries to block a shot from Brazil's Marta during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

It was the second goal of the tournament for Marta, and both have been penalty kicks. Her goal against Australia last Thursday tied the record set in the men's World Cup by Miroslav Klose, who scored 16 World Cup goals for Germany from 2002-14. The United States' Abby Wambach and Germany's Birgit Prinz are tied for second among women with 14 each.

Italy's Sara Gama, center, tries to block a shot from Brazil's Marta during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) © Provided by The Associated Press Italy's Sara Gama, center, tries to block a shot from Brazil's Marta during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Marta is the only player, male or female, to score in five World Cups.

Brazil had needed only a draw to advance.

Italy won Group C on goal difference over Australia and Brazil as 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.

Australia, which finished second, meets Norway on Saturday. Brazil wound up third and will play Germany on Saturday or hosts France on Sunday.

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