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Posted: Sat July 10, 1999 at 5:27 p.m. EDT


PASADENA, California (Ticker) -- Brazil midfielder Formiga converted a penalty kick in the sixth round as the "Samba Queens" captured third place in the Women's World Cup, edging Norway at the Rose Bowl.

Brazil trailed during the penalty kicks but Norway defender Silje Jorgensen missed in the third round as her 12-yard spot hit the outside of the left goalpost.

The teams traded conversions as Katia Da Silva, Maicon and Nene all beat Bente Nordby for Brazil while Brit Sandaune and Solveig Gulbrandsen scored from the spot against Maravilha for Norway, the 1995 World Cup champion.

Norway striker Ann Kristin Aarones, who mishit a shot from six yards that avoided the left side of the net in the 70th minute, ripped her attempt over the crossbar. Formiga ended the suspense moments later, beating Nordby to the lower left corner.

The consolation victory showed the marked improvement of the "Samba Queens," who were eliminated in group play in 1991 and 1995. Norway lost to the U.S. in the 1991 final but defeated Germany in 1995.

"Third place is extremely important to us," said Brazil coach Wilson. "One of our goals was to make the Olympics and be one of the top four teams in the Women's World Cup. We have achieved both."

The match was the first scoreless tie in USA '99.

Norway established the tempo in the first 15 minutes of the contest. Marianne Pettersen placed a header just over the crossbar in the 11th minute and seconds later Ragnhild Gulbrandsen barely missed a left-footed half-volley.

Brazil averted disaster in the 30th minute when Maravilha barely chipped a backpass over the goal line. While the "Samba Queens" had possession for most of the remainder of the first half, they generated few scoring chances.

In the second half, Nordby smothered a loose ball as Pretinha attacked in the 56th minute. Da Silva chipped a shot over Brondby four minutes later, but it also sailed over the net.

The Norwegians countered in the 70th minute, when Dagny Mellgren sent a low pass from the right side into the penalty area, but Aarones was unable to slide it inside the left post after Maravilha was caught out of position.

Nordby stopped a shot by Pretinha, but defender Henriette Viker cleared the ball away from danger after Pretinha beat Brondby to the rebound. In the 76th minute, Hege Risse bent a 19-yard free kick that Maravilha pushed away from the left post.

Pretinha had a 10-yard header in the 81st minute topped by Nordby. Brazil's best chance came three minutes later when Sissi beat Nordby to a through ball but slid a left-footed shot from a sharp angle that rolled agonizingly wide of the right post.

Norway's best chance until the penalty kicks came in the 89th minute, when Mellgren ripped a 25-yard shot that Maravilha stopped. The Norwegians did an excellent job marking Sissi, who entered the game with seven goals in USA '99.

"We met a strong team," said Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo. "Sometimes we are lucky, sometimes we are not. I am very pleased with our performance."

Norway outshot Brazil, 22-15, and put 10 shots on goal to Brazil's five.

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