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Pretinha, Sissi each net three goals in Brazil’s 7-1 rout of Mexico.

Brazil 7, Mexico 1
First Round
Group B

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, June 19, 1999) -- Pretinha and Sissi each netted three goals as Brazil made easy work of Mexico 7-1 in a first-round Group A rout in the Women’s World Cup at Giants Stadium this afternoon.

Katia added a penalty kick goal in the second match of a doubleheader in which 78,792, the largest crowd ever at a women’s sports event, saw the United States blank Denmark 3-0.

Pretinha needed only 130 seconds to score. Maribel Dominguez tied it for Mexico at 1 seven minutes later, sending a shot from 30 yards just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maravilha and barely inside the far post.

After that, Pretinha made it 2-1 in the 12th minute and Sissi added two first-half goals in putting up a 5-1 lead at the break.

Brazil is considered an emerging power in the women’s field, a step behind the established powers of United States, Norway, China and possibly the equal of Germany.

Sissi completed her hat trick on a free kick in the 50th minute and Pretinha reached that plateau, heading home a cross from Marisa in the 90th minute.

Brazil 7
Mexico 1
Brazil - Pretinha (1) 3;
Mexico - Maribel Dominguez (1) 10;
Brazil - Pretinha (2) 12;
Brazil - Sissi (1) 29;
Brazil - Katia Da Silva (1) 35;
Brazil - Sissi (2) 53;
Brazil - Sissi (3) 49;
Brazil - Pretinha (3) 90.

Lineups: Brazil - Maravilha, Nene, Elane, Suzana, Marisa, Fanta (Juliana 82), Cidinha (Maicon 46), Raquel, Sissi, Katia Da Silva (Formiga 72), Pretinha; Mexico - Lenny Quinones, Susy Mora, Martha Moore (Patty Peres 73), Lisa Nanez, Denisse Reta, Fatima Levya (Laurie Hill 46), Andrea Rodebaugh, Gina Oceguera, Maribel Dominguez, Monica Gerardo (Iris Mora 78), Monica Gonzalez.

Shots: Brazil 25, Mexico 6. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Brazil 4, Mexico 3. Fouls: Brazil 8, Mexico 29. Offside: Brazil 0, Mexico 2. Yellow card caution: Mexico - Ireta 4, Nanez 54, Dominguez 74, Mora 81.

Referee: Nicole Mouidi-Petignat (Switzerland). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 78,972 at Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees.

China 2, Sweden 1
First Round
Group D

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jin Yan and Liu Ailing scored to give China a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Sweden in a well-played match before 23,289 at Spartan Stadium.

Liu netted China's decisive goal came in the 68th minute, driving a low shot into the middle of the net. Her goal, assisted by Liu Yingwas the puncuation mark on a string of seven passes.

China tied the match at 1 in the 17th minute when Liu Ying knocked a sweeping corner kick across the front of Sweden's goal and Jin headed it down into the corner, just past the fingertips of diving goalie Ulrika Karlsson.

Midfielder Kristen Bengtsson, Sweden’s oldest player at 29, scored the first goal just two minutes into the game -- cracking a hard, high ball into the upper left corner of the net. China's keeper Gao Hong, got her hand on it but the ball slid in. it was second-fastest goal in Women's World Cup history -- Sweden scored in the first minute in 1991 against Japan.

China 2
Sweden 1
Sweden - Kristin Bengtsson (1) 2;
China - Yan Jin (1) 17;
China - Ailing Liu (1) 69.

Lineups: China - Hong Gao, Yunjie Fan, Huilin Xie (Ouying Zhang 59), Liron Wen, Jie Bai, Liping Wang, Lihong Zhao, Ailing Liu, Ying Liu, Yan Jin, Wen Sun (Wei Pu 74); Sweden - Ulrika Karlsson, Korolina Westberg, Jane Tornqvist, Asa Lonnqvist, Cecelia Sandell, Kristin Bengtsson (Tina Nordlund 88), Malin Mostrom (Linda Fagerstrom 77), Therese Lundin (Malin Gustafsson 45), Hanna Ljungberg, Malin Andersson, Victoria Svensson.

Shots: China 11, Sweden 9. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: China 9, Sweden 6. Fouls: China 4, Sweden 5. Offside: China 4, Sweden 5. Yellow card caution: none.

Referee: Virginia Tovar Diaz (Mexico). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 23,289 at Spartan Stadium, in San Jose, Calif. Weather: n/a.

Japan 1, Canada 1
First Round
Group C

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nami Otake scored the tying goal midway through the second half, giving Japan a 1-1 draw with Canada in the Women’s World Cup at Spartan Stadium.

Otake tapped in the rebound of a long shot by Tamaki Uchiyama that went off the crossbar to earn the tie.

Silvana Burtini gave Canada a 1-0 advantage in the first half, but had to later leave the match after aggravating a left hamstring injury while scoring.

Burtini scored 14 goals in five games during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

Japan 1
Canada 1
Canada - Silvana Burtini (1) 32;
Japan - Nami Otake (1) 64.

Lineups: Japan - Nozomi Yamago, Kae Hishina, Yumi Tomei, Niromi Isozaki, Ayumi Hara, Homare Sawa, Tomomi Mitsui, Tomoe Sakai, Nami Otake, Mito Saka (Yayoi Kobayashi 38), Tamaki Uchiyama; Canada - Nicci Wright, Sharolta Nonen, Janine Helland, Isabelle Morneau, Charmaine Hooper, Geri Donnelly, Tanya Franck, Amy Walsh, Isabelle Harvey, Shannon Rosenow, Silvana Burtini (Andrea Neil 55).

Shots: Japan 17, Canada 7. Saves: n/a. Corner kicks: Japan 4, Canada 8. Fouls: Japan 7, Canada 12. Offside: Japan 1, Canada 5. Yellow card caution: Canada - Hooper 5.

Referee: Maria Edilene Siqueira (Brazil). Assistant referees: n/a. Attendance: 23,289 at Spartan Stadium, in San Jose, Calif. Weather: n/a.

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