Football Ferns: Top five performances of last decade in international football.
After their historic debut victory in Brazil on Sunday morning, Stuff.co.nz takes a look at the Football Ferns five best performances over the last 10 years.

1 - November 29, 2015: New Zealand 1 Brazil 0

With Brazil on home turf and coming off a strong performance against reigning world champions the USA, the hosts took in a healthy favouritism against a Ferns side who had managed just two trainings since getting back together for the first time after a disappointing group stages exit at the Fifa Women's World Cup in June. An Amber Hearn thunderbolt in the 35th minute and a gutsy second half defensive display proved most predictions wrong as New Zealand claimed perhaps their biggest ever result on foreign soil.

2 - September 26, 2013: New Zealand 4 China 0

Just three days after upsetting Brazil for the first time in the semifinals of the Valais Cup in Switzerland, the Kiwis produced another superb display to hammer China and take the tournament title. Scores were locked 0-0 at halftime, but the Ferns poured them into the back of the net in the second spell to seal their first silverware outside Oceania for 38 years. Hearn bagged two and was duly named player of the tournament, while Hannah Wilkinson and Rosie White also got on the scoresheet.

3 - September 23, 2013: New Zealand 1 Brazil 0

A much-improved 19th-ranked New Zealand side had been threatening to claim a major scalp for some time and it was a Brazilian team ranked No 4 in the world at the time that was eventually on the end of that boilover. Reversing the result from the previous year's Olympic Games, Hearn's header in the 66th minute proved the difference after the striker had a first half penalty saved. It was the first ever win for any New Zealand football team over the South American footballing powerhouses.

4 - August 1, 2012: New Zealand 3 Cameroon 1

After earlier 1-0 losses to Great Britain and Brazil, only a win over the strong central African nation in Coventry was good enough to send the Ferns through to the quarterfinals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Kiwis delivered superbly under pressure, going ahead just before halftime when Rebecca Smith headed home a corner. The brakes came off as a Cameroon own goal and Sarah Gregorious' header put them 3-0 by the hour mark to secure victory in front of a 11,500-strong crowd.
5 - March 11, 2009: New Zealand 2 Netherlands 0

New Zealand's first win over a top-20 nation in more than 20 years came at the 2009 Cyprus Cup and then coach John Herdman called it a "watershed moment". Unsurprisingly, Hearn was on the scoresheet with her 50th-minute penalty putting the Kiwis in front. The striker even had to convert from the spot twice after her first successful attempt was disallowed when a team-mate encroached into the box. Kirsty Yallop sealed the upset with a powerful free-kick with 15 minutes to play.

Post script: New Zealand's other most memorable result was a 1-1 draw with the USA in Columbus, Ohio in October 2014 in front of 20,000 stunned fans.