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Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2019, 01:28

Brazil's Cristiane became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Women's World Cup as the former finalists sealed a superb 3-0 victory over debutants Jamaica on Sunday to kick off their campaign in convincing fashion.

Australia captain Sam Kerr, playing in her third World Cup, scored her first-ever goal in the tournament in the 22nd minute.

Daniela Sabatino had a goal ruled out for offside, but Italy were not to be denied a second, with Bonansea their hero in the dying embers with a fantastic header to clinch the points.

The South American champions were missing legendary forward Marta, the leading scorer in Women's World Cup history, through injury.

Brazil were drawn in Group C with Jamaica, Australia and Italy.

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The 34-year-old, collecting her 139th cap, headed in the opener after 15 minutes, scooped a rebound over the line after 54 minutes and curled a free-kick in off the underside of the bar after 64 minutes.

Brazil will look to keep their momentum as they face the Matildas on June 13, before Jamaica and Italy face off in Reims on June 14.

Brazil's side included Formiga, the midfielder becoming the first player to appear at seven Women's World Cup finals, and the oldest player in the tournament's history at 41 years and 98 days.

She was duly selected by Brazil boss Vadao, who did not hesitate to put her at the base of his midfield for the team's opening Group C match in Grenoble.

Brazilian veteran Cristiane scored Brazil's first World Cup hat-trick in 20 years.