Nonetheless, Brazil remained the better side and it was no more than they deserved when Micaelly gave them a 41st-minute lead. Nigeria keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie initially looked to have averted danger when, with Ana Votira racing through, she charged from her goal to clear at the striker's feet. However, Nnadozie's clearance landed straight at the feet of Brazil's No10 and, even with two covering defenders in her way, Micaelly had the skill and composure required to measure an inch-perfect chip over their heads and into the Nigerian net.
Sadly, there was nothing in a disappointing second half to match that moment of magic, with tough tackling more prevalent than skill or invention. Brazil, though, will simply be happy to have emerged with a win that leaves them well placed in a section that also includes England and Korea DPR.
Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Kerolin (BRA)