“It was a fine move,” said Andressa, who also provided another assist for the hero of the hour. “It wasn’t just Cris and I who were on the same wavelength. All four of us had a good game. We’re all delighted, regardless of who got all the goals.”
The willingness of the wingers to switch flanks paid dividends, as did their efforts not just to reach the byline, but also to cut inside and link up with their team-mates.
“Debinha and I are used to playing on either flank,” said Barcelona’s Andressa. “It’s a good way of confusing your markers.”
“Defenders get used to a left-footed player dropping on to that side of the pitch for most of the game, but when a right-sided player pops up there, they don’t know whether she’s going to cut in or go wide.”
Debinha is the right-footed player in question and Andressa the left-footer. The latter missed a first-half penalty, a setback for which she soon atoned.
The quartet’s link-up play also yielded benefits in defence, with Brazil enjoying 57 per cent of possession and completing virtually twice as many passes as the Jamaicans: 343 to 172. Their interplay also allowed the midfield to do its job and neutralise the counter-attacks of a pacy Jamaica side, a cause for Brazilian concern before the game.
Marta watched it all from the bench, unable to join the fray because of injury. Understandably, A Seleção are eagerly awaiting her return. “Together with Cris and Formiga, she forms the backbone of the team,” said Andressa.
Cristiane proved how important she is today, a day she will find hard to forget: “I’m going to have this smile on my face for a while, I think. It was a good way to bounce back.”
It was perhaps an even more satisfying day for the team, as she acknowledged: “It was a fresh start for the whole side.”