Sunday 07 August 2016, 03:49

Marta-inspired Brazil breeze into last eight

Brazil cruised into the Women's Olympic Football Tournament quarter-finals with a 5-1 victory over Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Three first-half goals from Cristiane, Beatriz and Marta set the Rio 2016 hosts on their way, before the latter pair doubled their tallies for the evening in the second half, with Lotta Schelin grabbing a late consolation.

In the opening moments, Brazil fed off a noisy Rio crowd and, inspired by Marta, took all the attacking initiative. Beatriz opened the scoring with an opportunistic effort. A hopeful lofted through ball was not dealt with properly by Nilla Fischer, before Emma Berglund left the ball to Hedvig Lindahl allowing the Brazilian No16 to steal in and poke home.

Brazil doubled their advantage moments later. The hosts worked the ball down the left-hand side to Marta, who drilled a low cross into the path of Cristiane who flicked the ball into the net via a Fischer deflection.

After more concerted pressure, Vadao's side were three-up by the break. Magdalena Eriksson brought down the livewire Cristiane. Marta - fresh from parading the Olympic flag Opening Ceremony just 24 hours earlier - send Lindahl the wrong way in coolly converting the spot kick to the goalkeeper's left.

A rather pedestrian second period followed, before Marta doubled her goal tally for the day and the tournament. Elin Rubensson failed to clear under pressure from the No10, who found space by flicking the ball forwards with her right foot and clinically slotting past Lindahl with her left.

Beatriz then put the cherry atop the cake, opening her body and curling a controlled effort past Lindahl for the hosts' fifth.

Schelin, playing at her fourth Olympics, scored her sixth goal across those respective tournaments, smartly finishing past Barbara after springing the Brazilian offside trap.

Sweden face a showdown with China PR on the final day of Group E action on Tuesday in Brasilia, with the hosts facing now-eliminated South Africa in a dead rubber.