Australia and Denmark – ranked 28th in the FIFA World Ranking – were stunned to reach the last 16 of the World Cup thanks to a stunning Matthew Leckie goal that sealed a 1-0 victory.
The first half was tense and scoreless, marred by Denmark’s control of the ball and the failure to convert any of their chances in the Group D match.
Tension seemed to permeate every pass, every shot on goal, every break in play, and tensions boiled over early in the second half when news broke that Tunisia had advanced against France in the other game.
A goalless draw between Australia and Denmark and Tunisia’s victory would have placed the Carthage Eagles in the round of 16.
Just four minutes later, with their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, the Australians attacked from the box and Riley McGarry, who arrived just in time, found Leckie.
Then Lekke passed two Danish defenders and rolled the ball past Kasper Schmeichel into the net, which led to wild celebrations with his team.
Denmark continued to press but Australia kept their balance to secure their place in the round of 16.
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