2019 Women's World Cup

Marta makes World Cup history with record 17th goal

Marta makes World Cup history with record 17th goal

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Brazil star Marta scored her 17th World Cup goal on Tuesday, moving clear of former Germany forward Miroslav Klose's tally of 16.

Marta made history as she scored a record 17th World Cup goal to put Brazil ahead against Italy on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old had moved level with former Germany star Miroslav Klose's haul of 16 goals with her penalty in a 3-2 defeat to Australia in Brazil's second Group C match.

Italy v Brazil: Group C - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup FranceVALENCIENNES, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Marta of Brazil warms up prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group C match between Italy and Brazil at Stade du Hainaut on June 18, 2019 in Valenciennes, France. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Marta moved one clear of Klose when she scored again from 12 yards to open the scoring in Valenciennes in the 74th minute.

Elena Linari's clumsy lunge on Debinha gave referee Lucila Venegas Montes little choice but to point to the spot, and Marta duly kept her composure to send Laura Giuliani the wrong way to make history.

The goal earned Brazil a 1-0 win that ensured they advanced to the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.