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Women’s World Cup: Brazil hold off plucky Spain for 1-0 victory, place in KO round

Andrressa Alves

Andrressa Alves, Brazil


It’s not been dominant, and it’s not been pretty at times, but Brazil moved to two wins in two games at the 2015 Women’s World Cup on Saturday, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Spain at the Montreal Olympic Stadium.

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The game’s only goal came just before halftime, in the 44th minute, when Andressa Alves got behind the Spanish defense, ran onto a through ball and poked a first-time effort underneath the goalkeeper, only for a Spanish defender to sprint back and clear the ball off the line. Alves continued on, though, and hit the rebound home from a tight angle.

In total, Brazil held a commanding advantage in terms of possession (58-42), while out-shooting the European upstarts (in the women’s game, at least), 13-7.

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Brazil now find themselves sitting high atop Group E with six point from two games, and officially through to the Round of 16. Spain, meanwhile, have just one point from two games and will almost certainly need a victory over South Korea in the final group game in order to advance.

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