PARIS: Sam Kerr scored four goals and became the Women’s World Cup joint-top scorer as Australia beat a spirited Jamaica to reach the Women’s World Cup last 16.
The striker nodded in twice in the first half to make it four headed goals in five and poked in the third after the break, before she punished Jamaica keeper Nicole McClure’s terrible error.
Havana Solaun scored Jamaica’s first-ever goal in the tournament. The substitute took the ball around Lydia Williams and slotted home.
Kerr and Australia were excellent but Hue Menzies’ side had the backing of the crowd and leave France following their best display of the tournament.
The Reggae Girlz went behind in the 11th minute when the Chicago Red Stars forward converted Emily Gielnik’s delivery and then produced another good finish from Katrina Gorry’s ball.
Jamaica had, by that point, conceded 10 goals in three games without reply, but that statistic changed four minutes after the restart.
Forward Shaw, who played in a deeper midfield role, was key to her team’s improvement after the break. She provided the threaded pass for Solaun, who took the ball around keeper Lydia Williams and slotted in.
Shaw had two good chances to test Williams herself but fired wide before Kerr all but ensured Australia of victory when she fired in after the ball bounced off the thigh of Sashana Campbell.
And Kerr drew level with USA’s Alex Morgan on five goals when she tapped in after McClure kicked air in attempting to clear from a backpass.
Australia finish Group C in second spot, behind Italy and ahead of Brazil – all on six points.