Four goals from Sam Kerr sends Australia through

Gladstone Taylor     Menzies

Gladstone Taylor Menzies

Sam Kerr has become the first Australian to score a Women's World Cup hat-trick, firing four goals in a 4-1 rout of Jamaica to send the Matildas into the knockout rounds.

If she was going to ensure the Matildas would take the lead in this game, Kerr was also hellbent of not allowing them to relinquish it.

When Sam Kerr scored her and the Matildas' fourth in Grenoble to ultimately guarantee the progression from Group C, she didn't immediately run to her teammates, as she had done for her previous goals.

Australia's Sam Kerr, top left, jumps for the ball with Jamaica's Khadija Shaw, centre.

The third, following an incisive run into the penalty area from Hayley Raso, was a spin and toe poke finish from a couple of metres out to complete the hat-trick.

"We dominated, we wanted to play a little bit quicker and a little bit better in the first half", she said. "I am a hard critic of myself", she said. "So for us it was just a case of focusing on ourselves, which we did, and the last goal ended up sealing it so I'm happy".

Emily van Egmond hit the bar as Australia rained crosses in Kerr's direction, all part of a plan to unsettle the Jamaican defence.

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"It's history, as an Australian player at a World Cup to do what she's done".

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The 24-year-old rounded Lydia Williams and slotted home for a piece of history; Jamaica's first goal at a Women's World Cup.

"She's phenomenal, its just incredible to be able to play with someone of her calibre, her ability to finish is clinical, she is inspirational to me and it's fantastic to be able to play next to her", teammate Chloe Logarzo.

Another goal for either Brazil or Jamaica would have shuffled Australia down to third, in theory meaning a tougher draw.

As the scores stood, the Matildas would be off to Le Havre for an almighty challenge against either Germany or France.

Following her performance, Kerr, who scored two goals with her head, gave a shout out to Socceroos legend Tim Cahill as a model for shorter players to win aerial battles with taller opponents.

That is, until McClure miscontrolled a backpass to gift Kerr her fourth, and a more manageable clash with Norway.

Aside from Kerr's four-goal haul, there were other individual achievements to savour at the Stade des Alpes.

The Matildas' win means Australia will face Norway in Nice on Saturday local time.

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