Australia have qualified for the World Cup Round of 16 in France, after Sam Kerr made international history for the Matildas with her four-goal haul against Jamaica.
In scoring four, Australia’s captain became just the third player ever to score two or more goals in one Women’s World Cup match. Michelle Akers and Alex Morgan also hold the honours, with the later coming in the United States’ 15-0 demolition of Thailand in Reims earlier this tournament.
Kerr’s haul was fantastic, and saw her become the first Aussie to net a hat-trick at the World Cup. More importantly, however, it sets up a date against Norway in Nice. It’s a great result for the Matildas after their 2-1 loss to Italy in their first outing, as they bump Brazil into third, and force the South Americans to take on hosts France in Le Havre.
Newcastle’s international superstar Emily van Egmond once again started at the base of Ante Milicic’s midfield five. The Matildas No.10 played out the full 90 minutes in front of 17,402 in Grenobles, and picked up her first yellow card in the 76th minute.
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Kerr raced two a two-goal haul quickly in Grenoble, as FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched on from the stands. Havana Solaun hit back for Jamaica to give Australia a nervy moment as the second-half loomed.
Australia’s captain settled her hat-trick in the 69th minute however, and rounded out the 4-1 win with her fourth minutes later. It was Kerr’s second Matildas hat-trick.
The Matildas will now face Norway in the Round of 16 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice on Sunday, June 23. Kick-off will be at 5am AEST.