Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Matildas captain Sam Kerr cements reputation with four-goal game

Matildas captain Sam Kerr cements reputation with four-goal game

This morning, Matildas captain Sam Kerr became the first Australian to score a hat trick at a FIFA World Cup.

A defiant Kerr told the critics "to suck on that one" after the Brazil win, a riposte that sat uncomfortably with some media pundits at home. "It's an incredible feeling. but it was a team effort".

Italy topped Group C on goal difference with six points despite a 1-0 defeat against Brazil.

Italy finished top of the group while the number of goals scored by Australia in the group proved decisive to clinching second spot, meaning Brazil finishes third in the group. "Congratulations Matildas and Sam Kerr with 4 goals".

Kerr scored first for the Matildas as they took advantage of the weight of possession with a goal after 11 minutes in Grenoble. She got her rewards and fully deserved it. Kerr still had plenty to do as she looped it past the goalkeeper, who watched helplessly as her despairing dive did nothing to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.

"Massive result. Congratulations Matildas and Sam Kerr with 4 goals", tweeted retired Australian Socceroos legend Tim Cahill, whom Kerr has cited as her goal-scoring inspiration.

Jamaica got its first World Cup goal when Havana Solaun scored in the 49th.

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Havana Solaun - who was brought on after the break - latched onto a lovely through ball, tipped it past goalkeeper Lydia Williams as she ran out to try and smother Solaun, then slotted the ball between two Matildas and over the line to spark wild scenes of celebration among the girls in gold.

The Aussies will play Norway in Nice in the next round on Saturday after they made sure of qualification on Monday with a scrappy 2-1 win over eliminated South Korea that came thanks to two penalties.

After her Jamaica masterclass, there was only praise.

Kerr's five goals for the tournament have lifted her past veteran team mate Lisa De Vanna's previous Australian record of four at a World Cup set in the 2007 finals.

Kerr doubled the tally three minutes before the break with another header after being left unmarked in the area.

"She's a special one and in the end I'm fortunate not only with the win but if there's one player you're really happy for to score the goals, it's Sammy", said coach Ante Milicic.

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