The Matildas are marching on in France, turning their consideration from Sam Kerr’s objective glut to their subsequent World Cup opponents, Norway.
Kerr’s astonishing four-goal salvo in Grenoble on Wednesday evening helped the Matildas beat Jamaica and sure-up second place within the group by the best of margins.
It took Kerr’s fourth strike to push Australia to an equal objective distinction with Brazil, edging the South People on targets scored.
Regardless of how skinny the margin, and regardless of coming in as prime seeds, goalkeeper Lydia Williams says ending second equals success.
“It’s mission achieved. If we completed third we’d be enjoying towards France or Germany,” she mentioned.
“Proper now we’re enjoying towards Norway. That’s an excellent final result.”
On Thursday (AEST), Ante Milicic’s facet flew south to Good the place they’ll play world No.12 Norway on Sunday (AEST).
Chloe Logarzo mentioned “100 per cent” the Matildas had dodged a bullet by avoiding a possible assembly with the hosts.
“We’re glad that we didn’t come third. We simply must recuperate properly and stay up for Norway,” she mentioned.
“As quickly as the sport ended all of us seemed over to the bench, asking how the sport was going, we saved saying finish, finish when it was 1-Zero.
“They didn’t inform us through the recreation how the rating was going.”
Now that they’re by means of, Williams mentioned the Matildas wanted to take classes from their opening three matches with out replaying the matches of their heads.
“When you mirror an excessive amount of on the previous you’re not going to get by means of within the current and the long run,” she mentioned.
“We’re by means of to the spherical of 16 and we now have to place all our focus into the subsequent recreation.”
Thursday morning’s outcomes additionally put England, as Group D winners, into the identical quarter of the draw as Australia, that means the Matildas might face Phil Neville’s facet in the event that they each win their spherical of 16 clashes.
“That’s means too far forward,” Williams mentioned.
“Although we haven’t crushed them but so there’s a little bit of a salty style on that. It’s positively first recreation first.”
In Good on Sunday (AEST), Australia shall be taking up a robust opponent, however not one as sturdy as they might be.
Main expertise Ada Hegerberg, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner because the world’s finest footballer, isn’t on the World Cup as she protests towards the Norwegian federation over situations for feminine gamers.
Moreover, current Barcelona signing Caroline Graham Hansen is ready to overlook the match after an ankle harm in Norway’s final out defeat of South Korea.
European-based Matildas midfielder Aivi Luik mentioned Australia would have their work reduce out for them to succeed in the quarter finals.
“The final recreation they performed very properly. They’re trying sharp. They’re trying sturdy,” she mentioned.
“It’s knockout phases so everybody’s going to be full throttle.”