Brazil’s Ary Borges Scores First Hat-trick in Women’s World Cup Against Panama and Germany Dominates Morocco

Brazil's 4-0 Win Features Borges' Debut Hat-trick.

Brazil’s Commanding Performance against Panama

It was an exhilarating day in the world of football as Ary Borges, the shining star of Brazil’s team, paved her way into history books by scoring the first hat-trick of the Women’s World Cup. Her splendid performance led to a decisive 4-0 win against Panama, marking an impressive start for Brazil in the tournament.

This victory was even more significant given France’s unexpected draw with Jamaica, leaving Brazil in a powerful position atop Group F. The stage is now set for an intriguing contest between Brazil and France on Saturday, a match that could potentially ensure Brazil’s advancement to the knockout stage.

Borges’s World Cup debut was nothing short of phenomenal. She scored two fantastic goals in the first half, setting the tone for the match, and topped off her performance with a third goal in the second half. Her dominance in the game led to her being substituted for the legendary Brazilian player Marta with 15 minutes left in the game. Her performance was so exceptional that it earned her a standing ovation from all spectators at the Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, Australia.

Here are the pivotal moments of the match:

  • Borges’ Initial Goal: Borges broke the deadlock 20 minutes into the game, heading home the first goal from a precise cross from the left.
  • Borges’ Second Goal: In a display of determination and skill, Borges scored her second goal right before half time, hitting home the rebound after her initial header was saved.
  • Borges Sets Up Zaneratto: Early in the second half, Borges showed her selfless side as she expertly set up a scoring opportunity for Zaneratto, which she easily converted.
  • Borges’ Final Strike: Borges sealed her hat-trick with yet another superb header.

Despite the dominance of the Brazilians, it was also a momentous day for Panama. This was their first appearance at the Women’s World Cup, an occasion that carried so much weight that many of the Panamanian players were visibly emotional during the national anthems.

Germany’s Domination Over Morocco

Simultaneously, Germany made a powerful statement with a dominating 6-0 victory over Morocco. This performance underscores their status as a heavyweight in the tournament. The win was powered by Alexandra Popp, the seasoned 32-year-old player, who scored two of the six goals, leading her team to a decisive victory and crucial three points in Group H. This victory gives Germany a robust start ahead of Tuesday’s match between Colombia and South Korea.

Germany beat Morocco at the Women's World Cup.

The two goals by Popp, both headers, bring her national tally to 63 goals. This victory helps Germany move past their loss to England in the Euro 2022 final last year, setting a positive tone for their World Cup campaign.

Key moments of the match include:

  • Popp’s Opening Goal: Popp marked the beginning of the match with a stunning goal, a header, only 11 minutes into the game, assisted by an exceptional cross from Kathrin Hendrich.
  • Popp’s Second Goal: Popp further extended Germany’s lead with another powerful header, overcoming the Moroccan defenders to find the back of the net from a corner kick.
  • Quick Third Goal by Germany: Klara Bühl added to Morocco’s woes by scoring Germany’s third goal right after the start of the second half.
  • Moroccan Misfortunes: The situation worsened for Morocco as Hanane Aït El Haj and Yasmin Mrabet scored own goals.
  • Schüller Seals the Win: The victory was concluded by a late strike from Lea Schüller.

Even though the defeat was a hard blow for Morocco, it was a significant day in their history, marking their debut in the Women’s World Cup as the first Arab team to compete. Nouhaila Benzina, an Atlas Lioness defender, might further create history as the first player to wear a hijab at a World Cup if she gets to play in this tournament.

With these strong performances, Brazil and Germany have shown their potential and have established themselves as strong contenders in the tournament. As for Panama and Morocco, despite their defeats, they have achieved a milestone by making their World Cup debuts. They will be keen to improve upon their performances in the upcoming games. Football, after all, is a game of unpredictable outcomes, and the spirit of competition is just starting to ignite.

Football Expert Sam Mollnet
reviewed by: Sam Mollnet (Footbal Expert)

Share this article

More News
More links
Follow us