Aussies progress to Quarter-finals

Australia have qualified for the Rio knockout stages after thrashing Zimbabwe 6-1 in their final group game.

The Australian women’s football team have qualified for the Rio knockout stages after thrashing Zimbabwe 6-1 in their final group game.

The Australians, who went into the match third in their four-team group, needed a win to give themselves a chance of snaring a spot in the quarter-finals.

Lisa De Vanna opened the scoring in the second minute, before Clare Polkinghorne and Alanna Kennedy added to the tally before the break.

A second-half Michelle Heyman brace and a Kyah Simon strike made it 6-0.

Australia finished the group third on four points, with a goal difference of +3, meaning they are guaranteed to go through to the next round, due to the standings in group G.

The Matildas started the tournament poorly, losing 2-0 to Canada before squandering a two-goal lead against Germany to draw 2-2.

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