Six-time world player of the year Marta scored a record 17th World Cup finals goal to clinch Brazil’s place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy, who topped Group C on goal difference.
The 33-year-old Brazil legend’s nerveless, second-half penalty saw her become the all-time leading scorer at men’s or women’s World Cups, surpassing retired Germany striker Miroslav Klose.
Italy, who had already qualified, went close twice through Juventus’ Barbara Bonansea in the first half, but faded after the break in Valenciennes.
But an experienced Brazil side, who clipped the bar through Andressinha’s fine second-half free-kick, narrowly missed out on second spot as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to pip Vadao’s side on goals scored.
The South Americans now look set to face hosts France in the next round in Le Havre on Sunday, unless a relatively unlikely combination of results later this week puts them on a path to meet Germany on Saturday instead.
As group winners, Italy will play against a third-placed team in the last 16, with Nigeria or China their most likely opponents.
Jamaica 1-4 Australia
Jamaica coach Hue Menzies said he would “pay to watch” Sam Kerr after she scored all her team’s goals in a 4-1 win against his side to send Australia into the Women’s World Cup last 16.
The forward’s feat means she is the tournament’s joint-top scorer with five goals alongside USA’s Alex Morgan.
“I like her attitude, especially in the box. You cant teach that,” he said.
Kerr, 25, scored two first-half headers and hit two more goals after the break, while Havana Solaun scored for Jamaica.
Menzies added: “I told her after the match that it’s good to sit back and watch her play – I’d pay to watch her.”
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde