The Matildas have set up a quarter-final with Sweden after a confidence-boosting 1-1 draw against the US at Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki.
The Matildas have set up a quarter-final with Sweden after a confidence boosting 1-1 draw against the US at Kaftanzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki.
Australia finished third in their four team pool, a result against the US largely irrelevant with home side Greece going through the group without a win.
The match between Australia and Sweden will be played at Panthessaliko Stadium, Volos, on August 20.
After being down 1-0 at the break the Australians lifted brilliantly in the second half and were eventually rewarded with a goal to midfielder Joanne Peters in the 82nd minute.
A sweet left foot cross from veteran Heather Garriock left Peters to head the ball past American 'keeper Briana Scurry, who did just that but to no avail.
The world No.2 team had taken the lead in the 18th minute when midfielder Kristine Lilly scored after lovely lead up work from Julie Foudy.
The captain made a pinpoint cross from the corner of the box and Lily outmuscled the defence to score.
Australia was much improved in the second half, substitute forward Lisa De Vanna again looking the goods.
Sweden had squeezed into the top of pool E after a 2-1 win over Nigeria.
Their points, goal differential and goals scored were all the same, Sweden's top spot coming down to its win.
Brazil crushed Greece 7-0 to finish second in Australia's pool with the US taking out the group.
In Group F. Germany beat Mexico 2-0.