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Tokyo Olympics - Group F: China PR denied by rampant Brazil

Miyagi: China PR opened their 2020 Tokyo Olympics Women's football tournament Group F campaign with a 5-0 defeat to Brazil at the Miyagi Stadium on Wednesday.

A fast start by Brazil saw Marta and Debinha give the two-time Olympic silver medallists a 2-0 lead before China PR asserted themselves in the tie under the hot afternoon sun.

Brazil, however, added goals through Marta, Andressa Alves and Beatriz late in the second half for the emphatic win over Jia Xiuquan’s Steel Roses .

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China PR, who lost 3-0 to Brazil in the 2016 Rio Olympics, paid the price for a lapse in concentration which led to the South Americans opening the scoring in the eighth minute.

Beatriz started the move down the left and her cross into the box was met by Debinha, whose header was denied by the crossbar but the iconic Marta was perfectly placed to stab the rebound into the back of the net.

China PR’s defensive woes continued when they conceded again in the 21st minute when goalkeeper Peng Shimeng spilled Beatriz’s powerful drive from distance, with Debinha gleefully tucking the ball home.

To China PR's credit, they regrouped well after the second goal with Miao Siwen’s long range effort forcing Brazil goalkeeper Barbara into producing a fine save as the 1996 silver medallists ended the first half positively.

China PR started the second half on the front foot with Wang Shanshan coming close in the 51st minute with her shot denied by the post before Miao Siwen blasted her effort over the bar.

Zhang Xin then teed up Wang Shuang inside the area in the 54th minute but the China PR captain failed to get her shot on target.

China PR paid the price for their missed opportunities as, against the run of play, Marta fired home Brazil’s third goal in the 74th minute.

China PR conceded a fourth in the 82nd minute when Wang Xiaoxue was penalised for a foul on Alves, who converted from the spot with Beatriz wrapping proceedings with her goal in the 89th.

China PR will aim to bounce back when they play Zambia - who were defeated 10-3 by Netherlands in their opening tie - on Saturday. Brazil play the Dutch - the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup runners-up - on the same day.

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