Marta shines in native town, helping Brazil to 3-0 win over Chile

15:24, May 15, 2011      

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Playing in Maceio, Alagoas, the Brazilian women's national soccer team beat Chile 3-0 on Saturday in a friendly match.

Marta was the focus of the match as she was born in the neighboring town of Dois Riachos.

Before the match began, Marta was honored and recognized for her humble beginnings and sporting achievements. Alongside the Rei Pele stadium in Maceio, a monument bearing the athlete's name was revealed.

Marta chartered a bus for her family members and friends to watch the match. The match marked Marth's first game in her native state with the national team. The athlete, voted five times as the women's most valuable player by Fifa, gave the crowed plenty to cheer about. She scored a goal, gave an amazing display of her ball control and dribbling abilities and nearly scored another goal, slamming the ball off the goalpost.

Marta helped Brazil to take an early lead in the 19th minute. Off a corner kick delivered by Marta, keeper Endler was unable to secure the ball, allowing it to slip, finding Aline Pellegrino to push the ball into the Chilean goal.

Marta scored her own goal in the 39th minute, completing a perfectly crossed ball from Fabiana.

After a series of substitutions made by head coach Kleiton Lima, Brazil' s production dropped off. However, the team scored once more in the 89th minute when Thais' crossed ball found Rosana, heading in her team' s third and final goal.

Lima and Brazil are preparing for the women's World Cup, scheduled to take place from June 26 to July 17 in Germany.

Brazil's next friendly will be on June 16 in the city of Recife, Pernambuco. The Brazilains will host rival Argentina just weeks before the World Cup.

Source: Xinhua

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