Canada and France progress at World Cup

Host nation Canada and France joined the Westfield Matildas in the last eight of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday.

Josee Belanger was the hero for Canada, with her 52nd-minute goal sending the Vancouver crowd into a frenzy and seeing the hosts past Switzerland 1-0.

Next up for Canada is either Norway or England.

Meanwhile France will face two-time champions Germany in the quarter-finals after defeating South Korea 3-0.

Two quick-fire goals from Marie-Laure Delie and Elodie Thomis set the tone in Montreal, before the former completed the scoring early in the second half.

France celebrate scoring against South Korea.

The Matildas will play the winner of Japan versus Netherlands on June 27 after they stunned Brazil 1-0 in their Round of 16 clash.

Alen Stajcic's side wrote a little bit of history along the way as Australia had never won a knockout fixture at a World Cup from three attempts.

The Matildas had progressed beyond the group stage in 2007 and 2011 and the Socceroos made it to sudden-death in 2006 but all were beaten.

Substitute Kyah Simon was the hero for the Aussies, netting the match-winner and her third goal of the campaign with 10 minutes remaining at Moncton Stadium in New Brunswick.