Norway and Australia came second in their respective 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup groups and will meet in the round of 16 on Saturday at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France.
The Matildas look the more dangerous of the two teams after finishing their Group C campaign with a 4-1 win over Jamaica, ending up just ahead of third-placed Brazil on goal difference.
Norway's defeat to hosts France saw them finish second in Group A, and they needed two penalties to beat South Korea 2-1 on Monday as they advanced to the last 16, per Fox Soccer:
Australia are hoping to feature in the quarter-finals of a fourth successive World Cup and are favourites to get the better of the Scandinavians, who haven't made it past the round of 16 since 2007.
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
Venu: Stade de Nice, Nice, France
TV Info: BBC Two (UK), Fox (U.S.)
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Three teams finished tied on six points in Group C as Italy edged Australia and Brazil for top spot.
Head coach Ante Milicic's side have scored eight goals—one short of their all-time best return—and are within reach of recording three wins at the finals for the first time.
Star forward Sam Kerr scored all four goals against Jamaica and paid tribute to Tim Cahill with a copy of his signature celebration. The Socceroos legend responded after the round-of-16 bracket was decided:
TIM CAHILL @Tim_Cahill
So proud of the Matildas and what this team is all about. Keep breaking them barriers and helping kids to follow their DREAMS. Big love to my girl @samkerr1 For laying down the foundations for the next generation, keep enjoying your football and scoring loads of goals ⚽️ https://t.co/wmoyNpUvWQ
A lot of pressure rides on the shoulders of Kerr, 25, who is breaking records in her third appearance at a World Cup:
Australia may have won three group games had they not succumbed to a comeback by Italy in their opener. However, Norway were more deserving runners-up to France in Group A.
The Grasshoppers were victims of a decisive penalty decision when they lost 2-1 to Les Bleues on Matchday 2 but benefited from the officials against South Korea, per OptaJoe:
Larissa Crummer—who didn't make the 2019 World Cup squad—scored a 90th-minute winner for Australia when they beat Norway 4-3 at the Algarve Cup in February 2018. The European side have lost twice and drawn once in three meetings with the Matildas, per Soccerway.
Kerr will be the player to watch as Australia look to build on their promising group-stage displays in the knockout stages, though Norway's record of six wins in their last eight games shows they're not to be taken lightly.