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Brazil flattens Mexico in Valais Cup 3rd place game

The first 10 minutes for Brazil were flat, but after that, they cruised.

Brazil defeated Mexico 4-0 in the third place game of Switzerland’s Valais Cup, utterly dominating their North American opponent. Debinha scored twice and Fabiana had a goal and an assist as Brazil pinned Mexico into their own half for the better part of 90 minutes. Tamires scored a late goal to add salt to the wound.

The first strike came in the 20th minute. Fabiana made a a long run up the right flank, got behind defender Nayeli Rangel, who plays for Sky Blue FC and guided the ball easily over 18-year-old Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago.

Six minutes later, Brazil doubled their lead when Mexico defender Estefania Fuentes gave the ball away to Debinha, who touched the ball around an on-rushing Santiago and guided it into the empty net. Debinha tapped-in her second goal of the day in the 42nd minute when Fabiana beat Rangel again on the right side and sent in a low cross that Fuentes and Santiago failed to properly deal with. Debinha’s tap-in made it 3-0.

Tamires’ free kick in the 81st minute caught Santiago well out of position, beating her at the near post for Brazil’s fourth.

Mexico looked to have a goal in the 56th minute, but it was called back due to Renae Cuellar’s involvement from an offside position. Monica Ocampo ripped a left-footed shot from the top of the box and the ball was saved before bouncing around and off a Brazilian defender and into the back of the net. Cuellar, however, was in an offside position on the initial shot.

Santiago prevented further damage in the 60th minute, denying Debinha a hat trick from point-blank range after a lovely cross from Thaísa.

The loss is the third in quick succession for Mexico, with Sunday’s 1-0 loss to China was the only close game. Mexico were run off the pitch by the United States on Sept. 3 in a 7-0 loss.


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