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Camila’s first international goal gives Brazil 1-1 draw with Japan
Camila's late equalizer salvages tie for Brazil
Orlando Pride midfielder Camila scored her first international goal for Brazil in a 1-1 draw with Japan at the Tournament of Nations. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Orlando Pride midfielder Camila scored her first international goal for Brazil in a 1-1 draw with Japan at the Tournament of Nations. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

Orlando Pride midfielder Camila scored the first goal of her international career — a late equalizer — for Brazil as they tied Japan 1-1 in the opening game of the Tournament of Nations at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

With Brazil trailing 1-0 in the 87th minute, Camila wound up a shot from distance, unleashing a rocket from outside the penalty box to put Brazil on the board and salvage the tie.

 

Pride forward Marta started the play, sending a pass down the left wing to Jucinara. Japan attempted to clear Jucinara’s cross into the box, but the ball went right to Camila, about 30 yards from goal. The second-half sub took a few touches forward, before launching a right-footed shot that bounced off goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita’s hand and into the net.

Camila, now in her third NWSL season, scored her first career goal earlier this year, vs. the North Carolina Courage on August 29th. She has three goals and four assists this season.

 

Seattle Reign FC midfielder Rumi Utsugi  wore the captain’s armband for Japan in the game.

 

After a scoreless first half, Japan took the lead on a Yuka Momiki header in the 64th minute. Momiki, a second half substitute, got on the end of a cross and headed it past Brazil goalkeeper Bárbara for the first goal of the inaugural Tournament of Nations.

 

Though the first half ended 0-0, it was not for lack of effort as both teams had a number of chances to start the game. From the kickoff, Marta led the Brazil attack right down the field, sending a cross that Ludmila headed over the bar just 13 seconds into the game.

 

Though she didn’t make the scoresheet, Marta had a handful of chances in the match. In the 37th minute, Marta was dispossessed in her own half, but won the ball back at the midfield line, and raced into the left side of the penalty box. With a defender in front of her, Marta took a left-footed shot, aimed to the far corner, that Yamashita did well to push wide. Courage midfielder Debinha tried to chip it over Yamashita on the ensuing corner kick, but her effort was saved.

 

Utsugi nearly scored for Japan in the 43rd minute off a corner kick, but her header went just wide left.

 

Marta’s best chance for Brazil came in the 53rd minute. Debinha dribbled down the left wing and took a right-footed shot that was saved. After another Brazil effort in the penalty area, the rebound fell to Marta in the middle of the box. Her left-footed shot went just wide right, going right past the post and out of danger for Japan.

 

All seven NWSL players expected to play in the match did with Marta, Debinha, MonicaAndressinha and Utsugi all starting. Camila and Bruna Benites entered the match in the second half.

 

The match was the first time that Brazil and Japan faced each other since Japan knocked Brazil out of the Olympics in 2012, 2-0 in the quarterfinals.

 

The Tournament of Nations continues Sunday with Japan vs. Australia (5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN3) and USA vs. Brazil (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

 

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