New Zealand’s first World Cup title in six years is set to go down in history as the nation’s first-ever victory at a major international competition.
After a pulsating start, New Zealand found themselves on top in the second half when they were awarded a penalty after a contentious tackle on a New Zealand international, with Australia claiming a 3-1 win.
A thrilling encounter at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff saw the Kiwis break a three-year losing streak, as Australia secured the win in front of a capacity crowd.
New Zealand is now undefeated in eight international matches and has now won every major competition since the start of 2019.
The home side came from behind in the first half, scoring a brace in the third minute of the game to seal a 1-0 victory, and also made the scoreline easier to read.
After scoring in the 28th minute, goalkeeper Joe Garner struck twice in the 65th minute to level the score, and then went on to notch another brace in stoppage time to secure the win.
The result sends New Zealand into the final group stage, where they will face Denmark and Italy in the semi-finals, with the final to be played on April 14 in Cardiff.
The team will travel to South Africa for the Africa Cup of Nations.