Brazil had their hands full in their opener at the Larry Gomes Stadium, only managing to edge out the plucky Irish 2-1 in the first game of Trinidad and Tobago 2010 for both teams. Glaucia scored a pair of stunning goals in the contest that saw the Brazilians move to the top of Group D.
The South Americans dominated the first half in Arima, and would have had more than their one goal at the interval were it not for the outstanding play of Irish goalkeeper Grace Maloney. It took the Brazilians only four minutes to get themselves out in front with Glaucia cutting in from the right and unleashing a powerful drive that Maloney could do nothing about. Ingrid fired in a wicked shot from distanve just three minutes later, but the Irish keeper launched herself across the goal to keep the scoreline from doubling.
The girls from the Emerald Isle were all at sea and had Maloney to thank again in the 19th minute for a reflex save on a point-blank shot from Luana. And although Megan Campbell fired in a decent try on the half-hour mark with a well-curled free-kick, it only seemed to anger the South American champions. Roberta fed Beatriz, but she just failed to steer her close-range shot into the back of the net. Full-back Jucinara fired a hard shot in as the clock ticked down on what could have been a much more damaging opening period for the outplayed Irish.
Ireland, whose fighting spirit was never in question, managed to haul themselves back into the contest in the second half. A low cross from the right from Aileen Gilro picked out Siobhan Killen, who hit the ball low and hard and inside the post from outside the box in the 58th minute. The goal did little more than taunt the mighty Brazilians, who regained the lead three minutes later with Glaucia delightfully rounding her marker and curling home a glorious goal.
The Irish put up a stern fight as the game wound to a close, but they were unable to conjure an equaliser. Brazil, with their first test done, next face Ghana on 9 September hoping to give their chances of reaching the quarter-finals further boost. The Republic of Ireland, for their part, will meet Canada in their second contest needing a win to keep hope alive.