Records are made to be broken and the World Cup is the perfect place to do it.

This tournament has been no different as it appears new milestones are broken – and set – every day.

Here are some of the best to come out of this tournament so far.

 

Re-kerr-d maker

With goal difference being a crucial factor in Australia’s final group match against Jamaica, captain Sam Kerr put those concerns to ease by scoring all four of the Matildas’ goals in the 4-1 win. In doing Kerr elevated herself further into Australian football folklore by becoming the first Australian to score a World Cup hattrick.

Kerr payed homage to Socceroos hero Tim Cahill earlier in the tournament – the player who she joins now as Australia’s highest World Cup goal scorer.

The Matildas captain will have the opportunity to have the title all to herself with Australia set to meet Norway in the round of 16.

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De Vanna notches 150

Lisa De Vanna’s raised the bat for 150 in Australia’s win against Jamaica, placing her one match off the Australian record held by Cheryl Salisbury.

De Vanna will have the chance to equal this record when Australia meet Norway in the next round.

Marta pips Klose

A nation held their breath as superstar Marta went down with a thigh injury days before the tournament.

The 2018 FIFA Women’s Player of the year returned to the field in the loss to Australia, where she scored her 16th World Cup goal, equaling Mario Klose’s record, before scoring the only goal in Brazil’s final group match against Italy and having the record all to herself with 17 goals.

Marta will be expected to continue her goal scoring form as Brazil face an arduous Round of 16 clash against tournament favourites and hosts France.

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Age is just a number.

At 41 years old, Formiga became the oldest player to appear at a World Cup. The 2019 edition of the tournament is her seventh – making her the first to appear at seven World Cups – with her tournament debut coming in 1995, before 150 players at the 2019 World Cup had even been born.

In addition, her teammate Cristiane became the oldest player to score a World Cup hattrick after the 34-year-old put three past Jamaica in Brazil’s opening group match.

Likewise, England’s Jill Scott and Karen Carney became the first players to represent in England in four World Cups.

Meanwhile, the USA’s Carli Lloyd,36, became the oldest player to score multiple goals in a World Cup match after her brace against Chile.

In doing so, Lloyd became the first player to score in six consecutive World Cup matches – having now scored nine goals in her last six World Cup matches.

 

USA Lucky 13.

Who could forget this one?

The USA set the tone early in the tournament by putting 13 goals past a helpless Thailand, eclipsing Germany’s 11-0 win against Argentina in 2007 as the greatest winning margin in World Cup history.

Remarkably, the US only led 3-0 at half-time before scoring ten second half goals in a performance which attracted the world’s attention.

Spain, Italy make history

Italy recorded its first Women’s World Cup victory in 20 years when it defeated Australia in the opening match of Group C.

Their last win at the tournament came in 1999 when they defeated Mexico, with the side having failed to qualify until now.

This win placed the Italians in a favourable position as they booked their place in the knock-out stage for the first time since 1991, when they were narrowly defeated by Norway.

Moreover, Spain made history of their own by advancing to the knockout stages for the first time.

Spain qualify for the next round after finishing second in Group B and picked up their first ever World Cup clean sheet after a goalless draw with China.

 

 

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