Australia has defeated Denmark 1-0 to move into Round 16 of the World Cup.
It was a thrilling victory for Australia at Al Janoub with a game-changing 60th minute goal from Matthew Leckie putting the pinch on the Danes.
Australia displayed exemplary form against Denmark, silencing the critics who had called the team “timid” in the wake of their humiliating 4-1 loss against France and typecast the team as underdogs.
The remarkable win breaks a 16-year World Cup drought for Australia.
It’s the first time since 2006 that Australia has progressed from the group stages and is already being dubbed one of the greatest moments in Australian sport.
There were scenes of joy and chaos among the huge crowd gathered in Melbourne’s Federation Square to watch the game, with several flares ignited during the raucous celebrations.
Round 16 sees Australia versus Argentina on Sunday (4 December), with rumours already circulating that the game may be broadcast for the public at the MCG. Premier Dan Andrews is yet to confirm.
It’s Australia’s first real chance in 16 years to reach for the World Cup and the country couldn’t be prouder of what the Socceroos have achieved so far in their 2022 World Cup campaign.
In other World Cup news, Australia’s upcoming opponents Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, have defeated Poland 2-0, while Saudi Arabia have been eliminated after a 2-0 defeat to Mexico.