Women's World Cup: Cristiane Rozeira's hat-trick hands Brazil victory against Jamaica

Brazil striker Cristiane became the oldest scorer of a World Cup hat-trick in a fine 3-0 victory over Jamaica.

Brazil started off its group stages campaign on a winning note with a 3-0 result over Jamaica.   -  Getty Images

Cristiane became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup on a record-breaking day for Brazil as it beat Jamaica 3-0.

Team-mate Formiga became the oldest player to appear in the women's finals, at the age of 41 years and 98 days, and also the first to appear in seven editions of the tournament.

And it was a successful day for all involved with Brazil as they strolled to victory, with Cristiane the star of the show in Grenoble.

Her treble gave the 34-year-old a new status in the oldest hat-trick hero in any World Cup, breaking records set previously by Cristiano Ronaldo and Carli Lloyd.

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Brazil had won all seven of its previous Women's World Cup opening games and only the brilliance of Jamaica's goalkeeper Sydney Schneider prevented the scoreline from being even more emphatic.

Cristiane opened the scoring in the 15th minute and, after Andressa had missed a chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, doubled Brazil's advantage five minutes into the second half before a superb free-kick completed her treble, after which she was immediately substituted.

Schneider, a 19-year-old American-born goalkeeper studying at the University of North Carolina, was handed her place after coaches learned she had Jamaican grandparents on her mother's side.

In the first half she saved brilliantly twice from Debinha, though Cristiane's precise header from Andressa's cross was been too good for the Jamaica number one.

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Schneider did, however, produce heroics by diving to keep out Andressa's spot-kick, awarded for a handball by Allyson Swaby.

Jamaica's only real threat came from its star forward Khadija Shaw, who fired one spectacular drive that Brazil goalkeeper Barbara did supremely well to prevent finding the top-right corner.

For once Schneider was caught out early in the second half, unable to reach a low cross from Andressa, who steered the ball in from the right and Cristiane slid in to finish.

Her hat-trick goal was the pick of the bunch, a sublime free-kick swept left-footed beyond the Jamaica wall and in off the underside of the crossbar to cap off a wonderful individual display.

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