Host Brazil, fielding its full national team, defeated the U.S. under-20 national team, 5-0, in the gold-medal match at the 2007 Pan-American Games in front of almost 70,000 fans at the famed
scored twice from the penalty spot and Cristiane
also had two goals as the
Brazilians were ahead, 4-0, after only 56 minutes. Daniela Alves
' goal in the 76th minute closed out the scoring.
"Competing in this Pan
Am Games has been a privilege for our players," said U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis. "This is a young team and one cannot beat the experience of playing Brazil in Maracana Stadium in front of a
packed house. Brazil had an exceptional level and style of play that contributed to their great success. We will learn from all of it." GOLD-MEDAL
July 27 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil 5 USA 0.
Goals: Marta pen. 19,
pen. 56, Cristiane 30, 48, Daniela Alves 76. USA --
Naeher, Taylor, Marshall, Wilmoth (Enyeart, 46), Fountain; Wright, Heath, Edwards, Nogueira, O'Hara,
Cheney. Brazil --
Andreia, Aline, Renata Costa, Elaine, Rosana (Katia, 83), Daniela Alves, Miraildes, Marta, Cristiane (Delma, 78), Andreia Santos,
Fernando Cabrera (Uruguay). Att.: