Australia kept their Women’s World Cup dream alive as they advanced to the last-16 stage by thrashing Canada 4-0 in their last group B game.
Hayley Raso scored twice, Mary Fowler was also on target and Steph Catley netted a late penalty as the co-hosts impressed in a game they had to win to avoid elimination.
The Matildas finished top of Group B – and did so without Sam Kerr, an unused sub despite declaring herself fit.
It was a frustrating manner of exit for the Olympic champions, who failed to lay a glove on the fired-up Australia. The Canadians’ best chance came when Deanne Rose was denied by the leg of Mackenzie Arnold in the second half.
Canada suffered their first Women’s World Cup group-stage exit since 2011.
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Japan showed why they are serious contenders at the Women’s World Cup by hammering Spain 4-0 to finish top of Group C and book a last-16 showdown with Norway.
The 2011 world champions made it look easy by scoring three times before half-time, with Hinata Miyazawa getting two to take her tally to four goals and become the tournament’s leading scorer.
The attacking midfielder put Japan ahead with a calm finish after Spain’s defence had been exposed, before Riko Ueki doubled the lead with a deflected finish which looped into the net.
Miyazawa, who scored two in Japan’s opening group game against Zambia, made it 3-0 by firing across goal and into the net in front of a crowd of 20,957.
Substitute Mina Tanaka added to Spain’s pain with a fourth goal in the 82nd minute.
Zambia secured their first Women’s World Cup win by edging out Costa Rica in their final Group C match.
Lushomo Mweemba opened the scoring for Zambia inside the first three minutes and Barbra Banda added a second from the spot midway through the first half.
Costa Rica’s Melissa Herrera pulled a goal shortly after the break, but Racheal Kundananji completed the win, netting a third in injury time.
Both sides had already been eliminated after two matches.
Written by: Debby Eselebor