Australia booked their place in the round of 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Canada on July 31, 2023.
The Matildas were dominant from the start and took the lead in the 14th minute through Sam Kerr. Hayley Raso doubled the lead in the 34th minute before Kerr scored her second of the game in the 50th minute.
Kerr completed her hat-trick in the 72nd minute and Emily van Egmond added a fourth goal in the 89th minute to seal the victory.
The win puts Australia second in Group B with seven points, two points behind the Netherlands. Australia will next face the Republic of Ireland in their final group game on Friday.
- “We’re really happy with the performance,” said Australia coach Tony Gustavsson. “We knew it was going to be a tough game against a good Canadian team, but we were able to execute our game plan really well.”
- “We’re really excited to be through to the next round,” said Kerr. “We’ve got a tough game against Ireland coming up, but we’re confident that we can get the job done.”
Australia were clinical in front of goal and could have scored more than four goals. Kerr was in inspired form and her hat-trick was a reminder of her status as one of the best strikers in the world.
Canada were disappointing and struggled to create any chances. They will need to improve their performance if they want to progress any further in the tournament.
Australia will face the Republic of Ireland in their final group game on Friday. The winner of that game will finish second in Group B and face the Netherlands in the round of 16.
The Matildas will be confident of winning their final group game and finishing second in the group. They have a good record against the Republic of Ireland and have won their last two meetings.
The round of 16 draw was made on Saturday. Australia could face any of the following teams in the round of 16:
- New Zealand