Brazil striker Cristiane became the oldest person to score a World Cup hat-trick as her treble handed debutants Jamaica a 3-0 loss.
The South American champions were missing legendary forward Marta, the all-time leading scorer in Women’s World Cups, through injury in Grenoble.
But they got their Group C campaign off to a flying start as Cristiane headed the first before tapping home a second.
And a fine free-kick gave the 34-year-old the first hat-trick at France 2019.
Cristiane, who plays her club football in her home country for Sao Paulo, is the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick in either the men’s or women’s game.
Aged 34 years and 25 days, she beat the record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was 33 years and 130 days old when he scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain at the men’s World Cup in Russia in June 2018.
In front of a 17,000 crowd at the Stade des Alpes, Brazil could even afford to miss a penalty, Jamaica’s 19-year-old keeper Sydney Schneider saving Andressa Alves’ weak attempt when the score was 1-0.
It was awarded after Allyson Swaby handled inside her own area.
The win lifted Brazil to the top of group, level on points with Italy, who came from behind to beat Australia 2-1 earlier in the day.
Brazil, who had lost their previous nine games, would have won by a bigger margin but for Schneider.
The Jamaica keeper twice denied Debinha when the Brazilian forward was through on goal.
Jamaica’s most dangerous player was Khadija Shaw who was denied a first-half equaliser by a fine one-handed save from Barbara.
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.
First Brazilian Women’s World Cup hat-trick since 1999 – the stats
- Cristiane’s treble is the first by a Brazilian in a Women’s World Cup match since June 1999, when both Sissi and Pretinha scored hat-tricks in Brazil’s 7-1 victory over Mexico.
- Following a run of just two defeats in 14 matches in all competitions, Jamaica have now lost back-to-back matches for the first time since July 2018.
- Brazil have maintained their record of winning 100% of their opening World Cup matches. They have won these eight games by an aggregate score of 23-1.
- Brazil’s victory over Jamaica was their first win in any competition since July 2018.
Brazil head for Montpellier where they face Australia on Thursday (17:00 BST) while Jamaica’s second Group C game is in Reims on Friday against Italy (17:00).
- 1do Monte Barbosa
- 13Santos de Oliveira
- 14Sousa FeitozaSubstituted forSantos Silvaat 76′minutesBooked at 82mins
- 21Hickmann Alves
- 6Dias Gomes
- 7Alves da Silva
- 8Maciel MotaBooked at 58mins
- 5de Moraes Rosa Moreno
- 9de Oliveira
- 16Zaneratto JoãoSubstituted forda Silva Ferreiraat 65′minutes
- 11Rozeira de Souza SilvaSubstituted forda Silvaat 65′minutes
- 2Barbosa Medeiros
- 3Santos Silva
- 4Pereira dos Santos
- 10Vieira da Silva
- 12Villares Reis
- 15Martins Pereira
- 17Cavalari Machry
- 18Bertolucci Paixão
- 19da Silva
- 20Fernandes dos Santos
- 22Izidoro Lima da Silva
- 23da Silva Ferreira
- 5PlummerBooked at 17mins
- 6SolaunSubstituted forAsherat 72′minutes
- 20MatthewsSubstituted forBrownat 62′minutes
- 18CarterSubstituted forCameronat 79′minutes
- Riem Hussein
- Shots on Target
Match ends, Brazil 3, Jamaica 0.
Second Half ends, Brazil 3, Jamaica 0.
Attempt missed. Debinha (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Geyse.
Foul by Tamires (Brazil).
Chinyelu Asher (Jamaica) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ludmila (Brazil).
Sydney Schneider (Jamaica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ludmila (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Deneisha Blackwood (Jamaica) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.
Attempt blocked. Chinyelu Asher (Jamaica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Dominique Bond-Flasza (Jamaica) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Daiane (Brazil) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Daiane (Brazil).
Khadija Shaw (Jamaica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ludmila (Brazil).
Tiffany Cameron (Jamaica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Ludmila (Brazil) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Geyse.
Substitution, Jamaica. Tiffany Cameron replaces Trudi Carter.
Attempt missed. Thaisa (Brazil) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Mônica (Brazil) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andressa Alves with a cross.
Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Sydney Schneider.
Attempt saved. Geyse (Brazil) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ludmila.
Foul by Letícia Santos (Brazil).
Trudi Carter (Jamaica) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Formiga (Brazil).
Chinyelu Asher (Jamaica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Brazil. Daiane replaces Kathellen.
Substitution, Jamaica. Chinyelu Asher replaces Havana Solaun.
Hand ball by Ludmila (Brazil).
Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Khadija Shaw.
Corner, Brazil. Conceded by Dominique Bond-Flasza.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match (Brazil).
Corner, Jamaica. Conceded by Kathellen.
Substitution, Brazil. Ludmila replaces Cristiane.
Substitution, Brazil. Geyse replaces Bia Zaneratto.
Goal! Brazil 3, Jamaica 0. Cristiane (Brazil) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.
Cristiane (Brazil) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Konya Plummer (Jamaica).
Offside, Brazil. Tamires tries a through ball, but Cristiane is caught offside.