The sensational Sam Kerr has become the first Australian to score a World Cup hat-trick, firing four goals in a 4-1 rout of Jamaica to send the Matildas into the knockout rounds.
Australia's reward is a round-of-16 clash with Norway in four days' time in Nice, the Matildas now free to lift their eyes towards a deep run in France.
Ante Milicic's side flirted with a third-placed finish in the group as Brazil's 1-0 defeat of Italy temporarily put them on a collision course with the tournament favourites and hosts.
Kerr's magnificent haul ensured Australia would not be denied a second-placed finish, besting the Brazilians on goals scored, and sending the Matildas to the Allianz Riviera on Sunday morning (AEST).
On a balmy night in Grenoble, and in front of FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the stands, the Matildas looked set for an easy night after taking a 2-0 lead into the break.
The Reggae Girlz, inspired by leading light Khadija Shaw, had other ideas and ran the show for 20 minutes, scoring through Havana Solaun.
Kerr calmed Australian nerves with a 69th-minute tap-in and completed her tally with the Jamaican challenged quelled.
It is just Kerr's second hat-trick in a Matildas shirt, and her most important.
"And I actually wanted more after that, being my selfish self," she said.
She started her party with a looping header past Nicole McClure in the 11th minute, from livewire winger Emily Gielnik.
Emily van Egmond hit the bar as Australia rained crosses in Kerr's direction, all part of a plan to unsettle the Jamaican defence.
Katrina Gorry, one of three changes to the Matildas side from their comeback triumph over Brazil, dinked a neat ball for Kerr to head her second three minutes from half-time.
But the suggestion that Australia might use their athleticism to run over the top of the world No.53s was quickly dispelled, when Khadija Shaw won a contest with Emily van Egmond to release Soluan.
Jamaica make history too
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.
Jamaica lifted their game and for 15 minutes, Shaw was uncontainable as they sought an equaliser.
It took Hayley Raso, just minutes after her introduction, to dance into the box and lay a cutback to Kerr's feet to re-establish the two-goal buffer and Australia's confidence.
The goal settled the Matildas, but not the crowd as word got out of Brazil's go-ahead penalty in Valenciennes.
As the scores stood, the Matildas faced the almighty challenge of the world No.2s.
That is, until McClure mis-controlled a backpass to allow 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.
Lisa De Vanna played game 150, Karly Roestbakken made her first Matildas start and Aivi Luik, a late substitute, played in her first World Cup match.
What can you say about Sam Kerr. A champion— Susan Alberti AC (@SusanAlberti1) June 18, 2019
GOAL! Jamaica 1-3 Australia.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 18, 2019
Who else but Sam Kerr? The ball falls kindly for her off the defender and Kerr expertly finishes from close range for her hat-trick. Terrific individual display from her!
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SAM KERR YOU ⭐️! @samkerr1 is the first Australian to score a @FIFAWorldCup hat-trick! Matildas up 3-1 in the 77th minute. Follow LIVE - https://t.co/fHop4wInmR #JAMAUS #GoMatildas #WWC2019 pic.twitter.com/06LoTYDmRK— Herald Sun Sport (@heraldsunsport) June 18, 2019
History for Marta
Meanwhile, Marta became the leading scorer in the history of the men's and women's World Cups after firing home the penalty that downed Italy and secured Brazil's place in the last 16.
The 33-year-old, widely considered the best player in the history of the women's game, slammed home from the spot in the 74th minute against Group C winners Italy to secure qualification and take her World Cup tally to 17.
That puts her one ahead of former Bayern Munich and Lazio striker Miroslav Klose in the all-time rankings.
Italy meanwhile will take on one of the four best third-placed finishers after topping the group ahead of Australia on goal difference, while Brazil have to wait to know their opponent.