Marta fires Brazil top
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Marta belatedly announced her arrival at the Beijing Olympics as two goals in nine minutes saw Brazil leapfrog Korea DPR to reach the top of Group F.

The North Koreans had begun the day at the section's summit, having beaten Nigeria in their opening match, but Brazil's 2-1 win, on the back of Germany's earlier victory, has served to squeeze the Asian hopefuls out of the top two.

Not that they could have any complaints. Brazil were comfortable victors here, with goals from Daniela and Marta on 14 and 23 minutes respectively paving the way for Jorge Barcellos' side to stroll through the remainder of this tepid encounter.

As for Jon Myong-Hui, after keeping a clean sheet in her side's first match at Beijing 2008, she will not want to watch a replay of this one, with the Korea DPR keeper left stranded for both Brazilian goals. First, she lost out in her attempts to clear a short back-pass, allowing Cristiane the simplest of opening goals.  Then, nine minutes later, she finished second in a race with Marta to reach Cristiane's incisive reverse pass, leaving the world's best player to curl a left-foot shot high into the unguarded net.

These early blows left the North Koreans with a veritable mountain to climb in this match, and it was one that, in truth, they never looked capable of ascending, with Marta even afforded the luxury spurning a glorious chance to double her tally a few minutes later.

Korea DPR's best spell came midway through the second half, and they had one gilt-edged chance to haul themselves back into contention just before the hour-mark. As it was, however, the normally dependable Ri Kum-Suk headed over with the goal gaping, this after Andreia had flapped at an inviting Kim Kyong-Hwa free-kick. Ri did make amends deep into injury time, but the well-worked consolation goal she smashed home from 15 yards proved too little, too late.

The result leaves Brazil leading Group F from Germany on goals scored, with Korea DPR a further point back in third and Nigeria rooted to the foot of the table without a point - or goal - to show for their efforts.