After 234 matches, seven Olympics and seven World Cups, Formiga’s story with the Brazilian team came to an end. The 43-year-old player played her farewell game with the Brazilian shirt in the 6-1 rout against India, tonight, at Arena Amazônia, in Manaus. The game was valid for the International Women’s Football Tournament.
On a night full of tributes, Formiga, the hostess of the party, started at the bank. It took just over 20 minutes with the defensive midfielder on the field, who came in at the 31st of the second half to write the last page of a beautiful and important story with the shirt of Brazil. Debinha, Giovana, Ary Borges (2), Kerolin and Geyse scored the winning goals, and Manisha Kalyan scored for the Indian team.
Formiga says goodbye as the athlete —among men and women— who most often defended the Brazilian team. There were 37 goals, three Pan-American titles (2003, 2007 and 2015), two Olympic medals (2004 and 2008) and the runner-up at the 2007 World Cup in China.
Now without Formiga, Brazil returns to the field twice more for the Manaus International Tournament: Sunday (28), against Venezuela, and Wednesday (December 1), against Chile.
Brazil scores lightning goal, but takes an answer
The match could not have started better for the Brazilian team. Right in the first attack, with less than a minute, Debinha received a shot, invaded the area and scored and submitted twice to open the scoring.
It was the beginning of an expected rout, but not without a surprise. Shortly after opening the scoreboard, Brazil took the answer from India. In the eighth minute Manisha Kalyan advanced freely down the left and hit hard to equalize. The selection only regained the advantage 36 minutes into the first half, when Giovana took advantage of a cross and scored the second from the team led by Pia Sundhage.
Selection takes off and builds rout
The second half brought what was most expected of Brazil tonight: goals. There were four balls in the net for the selection after the return from the break. And just like the first step, the account started early. At six, Ary Borges had a Chauan goalkeeper miss to score the third, and Kerolin, at eight, unleashed a powerful shot from outside the area to score the fourth. Geyse, at 30, and again Ary Borges, at 35, extended the rout against a struggling India, but quite vulnerable.
And the Ant?
It took a while, but Formiga took the field for the game that marked his farewell. At 31 minutes into the second half, the veteran took Debinha’s place and received the affection of just over three thousand people present at Arena Amazônia.
Positioned more in the offensive field, Formiga contributed to the fifth goal of the selection in its first participation. She received a pass inside the area and, after the submission, saw Ary Borges take advantage of the rebound to score.
After the final whistle, shirt 8 received the hug from the other national team players and the applause of the public. Marta attended the stadium and congratulated her partner.