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Brazil begin in emphatic fashion

Brazil put on a commanding performance in front of their home crowd at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Defender Monica headed home the first 10 minutes before half time and Andressa Alves got a second with a volley from close in after 59 minutes. Stand out performer Cristiane got a third with a header in the final minute of the game.

Off the mark: Brazilian side celebrates after scoring the opener against China in a group stage game at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Reuters

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The result leaves them top of Group E ahead of Sweden, who beat South Africa 1-0.

Nilla Fischer scored Sweden's winner after 74 minutes, bundling the ball into the net with her knee after the South African keeper failed to hold a cross. In the second game in Group F, Canada beat Australia 2-0 in spite of playing most the game with 10 women.

Canada got the first goal after 16 seconds and then added another 10 minutes from time, even after having Shelina Zadorsky sent off after 18 minutes.

Germany hammered Zimbabwe 6-1, with Melanie Behringer getting two goals for the Germans and Kudakwashe Basopo scoring Zimbabwe's first goal at an international tournament.

The Germans were 2-0 up at half time before they moved up a gear and ended up easy winners in Sao Paulo.

The United States defeated New Zealand 2-0 thanks to a goal in each half from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

In the final game of the night, France hammered Colombia 4-0 in Belo Horizonte.

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