The Matildas You Need To Know Who Aren't Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr and her brilliance have been the talk of Australia, after her four-goal haul against Jamaica in their final group match at the FIFA World Cup.

Kerr became the first Australian to score three or more goals at a World Cup, but football is a team sport, and the Matildas are a squad bursting with talent.

The Australians face Norway in the Round of 16 in the early hours of Sunday (local time), and there are plenty of other players that demand our attention.

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Photo: AAP
Lisa De Vanna

At 34, De Vanna is the veteran of the squad, and has made the most goals for the Matildas -- 47. The match against Jamaica was her 150th game in the green and gold, and she is just two games away from becoming the most-capped player for the Matildas.

De Vanna is a forward who doesn't panic on the ball. Her decision-making combined with her speed and shot power continue to make her a vital part of Australia's attack.

Lisa De Vanna. Photo: AAP
Ellie Carpenter

The future is in the safe hands (or feet) of the 19-year-old fullback, Ellie Carpenter. She is incredibly quick in bringing the ball up the length of the field and can cover a lot of ground at the back to defend the opposition.

Carpenter made her Matildas debut at just 15, and the defender has already earned herself a regular starting position.

Ellie Carpenter. Photo: AAP
Chloe Logarzo

This midfielder was crucial in the comeback against Brazil in their second match. A powerhouse in the middle, her ability to read the game allows her to make crucial intercepts and perfectly-timed tackles.

Logarzo is the perfect connection between the defence and attack, and she is also capable of a long-range strike into the net if given enough space.

Chloe Logarzo. Photo: AAP

Under new coach Ante Milicic, the Matildas tend to dominate possession and play wide. They like to use the sides as a path forward and then fling it into the box, where Captain Kerr is usually waiting to pounce. The Australian fullbacks work tirelessly ferrying the ball forward.

They also play a high line, meaning the defenders tend to be pushing into their attacking half. However, this leaves a large portion of the field open for the opposition.

Australian defenders up near the halfway line, leaving huge space for the opposition attackers. They were lucky the Italian was offside. Photo: Optus Sport

This was particularly obvious against the Netherlands in a pre-World Cup friendly, where the Matildas were punished with three goals by attackers getting into the open space behind the defenders.

The Australians' shaky defence has been a major talking point through the tournament after continuing to be bombarded by through-balls into the gaping area in front of the goal.

While facing Norway is a better prospect than facing tournament favourites France (which would have happened if the Aussies finished third in their group), it is still a European team.

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And the Australians don't get much practice against Europeans teams.

Before the friendly against the Netherlands, the last time they played a European team was more than a year ago against Portugal, where they lost 2-1.

And of course, in the past two weeks, there have been losses to the Dutch and the Italians.

But that doesn't mean all hope is lost. Our last win against a European team was against Sunday's opposition, Norway.

If the Matildas can shore up their defence -- a fact even they have admitted -- their attacking brilliance (and Captain Kerr) will give them a fighting chance to reach the quarter-finals.

They are ranked six in the world for a reason.