Women’s World Cup: Marta scores record 17th World Cup finals goal, Sam Kerr moves level with Alex Morgan and Italy progress to last-16

WORLD CUP REVIEW

All the action from the final round of group games in France

The final round of group matches are upon us at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

On Monday, host nation France secured top spot in Group thanks to victory over Nigeria, while Germany and Norway also picked up wins.

So who would join them in the last 16 after Tuesday’s round of games?

Marta of Brazil celebrates with teammates

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Marta of Brazil celebrates with teammates

Jamaica 1-4 Australia

Sam Kerr scored four goals as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to finish second in Group C and book their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.

The 25-year-old Chicago Red Stars forward scored her second goal in three games when she broke the deadlock in the 11th minute before netting again before the break and again to seal her hat-trick in the 69th minute.

Kerr added her fourth in the 83rd minute as Australia headed for the knockout stages as she moved level with United States’ Alex Morgan as the top-scorer at this World Cup with five goals.

Sam Kerr of Australia celebrates with teammates after scoring her team’s first goal

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Sam Kerr of Australia celebrates with teammates after scoring her team’s first goal
Australia skipper Kerr saw Jamaica goalkeeper Nicole McClure off her line and looped in a header after an inch-perfect cross from the left with 11 minutes on the clock.

Kerr kept up her prolific form when she nodded in the second after a simple ball was sent in from the right in the 41st minute.

Jamaica pulled one back – their first-ever goal at a Women’s World Cup – when half-time substitute Havana Solaun coolly rounded the goalkeeper to roll the ball into the corner four minutes into the second half.

Khadija Shaw went close for the Reggae Girlz in the 54th minute but her strike flew over the crossbar. Shaw went close again 10 minutes later, evading two challenges before drilling a long-range strike which again rose over the bar.

Players of Jamaica salute their loyal supporters

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Players of Jamaica salute their loyal supporters
However, it was Australia who found the net again and Kerr who claimed her hat-trick in the 69th minute.

Kerr had a penalty shout turned down by VAR as the match entered its last 10 minutes but added her fourth in the 83rd minute when McClure panicked and kicked the air instead of the ball when attempting a clearance.

Italy 0-1 Brazil

Six-time world player of the year Marta scored a record 17th World Cup finals goal to clinch Brazil’s place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy, who topped Group C on goal difference.

Marta slams home the spot kick for the Selecao

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Marta slams home the spot kick for the Selecao
The 33-year-old Brazil legend’s nerveless, second-half penalty saw her become the all-time leading scorer at men’s or women’s World Cups, surpassing retired Germany striker Miroslav Klose.

Italy, who had already qualified, went close twice through Juventus’ Barbara Bonansea in the first half, but faded after the break in Valenciennes.

But an experienced Brazil side, who clipped the bar through Andressinha’s fine second-half free-kick, narrowly missed out on second spot as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to pip Vadao’s side on goals scored.

The South Americans now look set to face hosts France in the next round in Le Havre on Sunday, unless a relatively unlikely combination of results later this week puts them on a path to meet Germany on Saturday instead.

As group winners, Italy will play against a third-placed team in the last 16, with Nigeria or China their most likely opponents.

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