Kyah Simon scored a brace as the Matildas shrugged off a sluggish first half performance to battle the more experienced Norwegians on even terms in the second half. It was the Norwegians, however, exploiting the soft Australian defense who went up first through Elise Thorsnes.
Australia came back with a perfect answer as Lisa De Vanna's cross found Kyah Simon for the equalizer. De Vanna again linked up with Simon minutes later but this time her shot dragged wide. At the other end the Matildas escaped when Trine Ronning's booming freekick struck the crossbar. Riding that piece of luck the Matildas mounted a series of attacks one of which resulted in a corner. The impeccable Collette McCallum swinging delivery broke free to Kim Carroll who launched a cross into the box for Simon to glance her header past Erika Skarbo.
Norway were done for and the Australians celebrate their second consecutive entry into the World Cup quarterfinals where they will meet Sweden who topped Group C after defeating the USA.