Brazil hit fifth gear to sweep aside China PR 4-0 and virtually secure a berth in the quarter-finals. Three points clear of both Denmark and their latest victims, the Seleção possess a vastly superior goal difference to their rivals (+9 compared to the Danes' +1 and China's -3), meaning that they have progressed all but mathematically.
Nevertheless, it was the tournament hosts who went closest to breaking the deadlock during the first half-hour, Song Xiaoli's shot rebounding to safety from the crossbar. It served as a wake-up call to the Brazilians, who swiftly found their irrepressible rhythm.
It took Jorge Barcellos' team until the 42nd minute to edge in front, but when Marta dinked the ball over Chinese keeper Han Wenxia's head and duly slotted home, it sparked a sequence of three goals inside seven minutes either side of the interval. Within minutes of the restart, Cristiane had helped herself to a brace which put Brazil in firm command.
Marta capped a superb individual performance with the fourth on
70 minutes, before the South Americans treated the Wuhan crowd to
their full repertoire of flicks and tricks. Level on points with
Denmark, China will now set out to overcome New Zealand in their
final Group C game - and hope Brazil do them a favour by beating
Player of the Match: Marta (BRA)