Australia seal remarkable victory over Denmark to reach knockout rounds

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Australia qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup for the first time since 2006, as a Mathew Leckie goal proved to be the difference against a tepid Denmark. The Danes struggled to create any chances, as a rock solid and resolute Australia side refused to budge.

18:16 CET: Well, that's the end of our coverage of a remarkable moment in Australian football history. Tunisia also beat France 1-0, which was a superb win, but unfortunately for them, they missed out on a place in the round of 16 after Australia's victory. Check out our match report of the game between Australia and Denmark. 

The Aussies will now take on the winners of Group C on Saturday, which could potentially be Argentina. Another huge upset?

Next up for us this evening, are the final games of Group C. Will Lionel Messi's dream of winning a World Cup continue, or will Poland turn that dream into a nightmare. Saudi Arabia also have a chance too, when they taken on Mexico. We will see you there.

Australia 1-0 Denmark

I don't think anyone would have predicted Australia making it to the round of 16 at this World Cup, especially in a group with Denmark and France in it. But my word, they have ripped the script up. They played as a proper unit, a proper team, and worked so damn hard all game. Frankly, since the Tunisia game, they have barely given their opponents a sniff on their goal. Harry Souttar has been at the heart of a really solid defence. They have been so resolute, and utterly clinical when presented with their opportunities in front of goal. What an amazing achievement.

But Denmark. I'm sorry to say, but they've been pathetic. For about 80 minutes of that game, they quite literally, NEVER, looked like scoring. I was guilty of saying that having a striker would solve the issue, but it looks like there's bigger problems than that. They had no belief or desire. Such a tame effort. Many saw them as dark horses, but they have gone out with a whimper, scoring one goal all tournament.

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Second Half

96': THEY'VE DONE IT! AUSTRALIA HAVE DONE IT! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE SCENES! THEY ARE INTO THE KNOCKOUT STAGES OF THE WORLD CUP AND THEY DO FULLY DESERVE IT. WOW. WHAT A TEPID, TEPID PERFORMANCE FROM DENMARK THOUGH. UNBELIEVABLE.

94': Two minutes...

91': We are into added time now, with Australia so close to securing their spot in the knockouts, which would be a simply remarkable achievement. Six minutes of injury time. Denmark need a miracle, as they do need two goals to qualify.

89': The man who may be cast in Australian football history, Leckie, has come off, with Ajdin Hrustic coming on.

82': A sub for Australia. Duke is off after another good slog up front, Jamie Maclaren his replacement.

80': At the risk of jinxing this for Australia, literally absolutely nothing is happening. No chances, nothing. Denmark are STALE.

74': Now a sub for Australia. McGree off, with Bailey Wright coming on

71': PENALT... NO! OFFSIDE. The referee awarded Denmark a penalty for a pull in the box, but Dolsberg was offside. There is the luck Australia needed.

69': More subs for Denmark. Olsen and Maehle are off, Andreas Skov Olsen and Andreas Cornelius on.

65': What have Denmark got up their sleeve? They simply have offered absolutely nothing this half. It's been a stroll defensively for Australia.

60': NO WAY! AUSTRALIA HAVE SCORED! JUST AS TUNISIA WENT AHEAD AGAINST FRANCE, AUSTRALIA HAVE HIT BACK. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. AUSTRALIA HIT DENMARK ON THE COUNTER ATTACK WITH DEVASTATING EFFECT. LECKIE WAS PLAYED THROUGH ON GOAL BY MCGREE, HE DROVE AT MAEHLE, SPUN HIM AROUND, AND SNUCK THE BALL INTO THE BOTTOM CORNER! AUSTRALIA ARE GOING THROUGH! DENMARK HAVE BEEN TOOTHLESS.

55': Denmark are really struggling to create anything, and it looks like they're going to make two changes. Mikkel Damsgaard and Kasper Dolsberg are coming on for Jensen and Braithwaite.

48': Two early corners from Australia. A bright start from them. 

45': The second 45 minutes kicks off. What'll change this half?

Half Time

Denmark have played decent football in the build-up, but are clearly missing a top striker up there, and as a result, lacking a real cutting edge. They've had chances, but nothing too clear cut. Australia are fighting hard, as they always do, but are posing no threat to the Danish goal. They will need to continue battling and hoping for a little bit more luck if they want to hang on for this 0-0 draw.

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First Half

45': That's half time. A quiet end to a pretty quiet half of football. And Australia will be more than happy.

36': Creativity has really died down now, and Australia are slowly growing more confident on the ball.

24': Really good football from Denmark again, but Olsen ends up swiping at a through ball without making enough contact. The shot is tame and easy for Ryan to pick up.

19': Ooooh, Ryan has done well there. Maehle did nicely on the left and played a ball in, which deflected off an Australian defender and went towards goal. Ryan somehow got it out with a couple of little kicks of the ball.

15': Olsen fires a shot over the bar after some decent football from Denmark. They're settling into the game a little bit now.

11': Jensen fires a powerful strike at the near post after a good flick from Braithwaite which put him past the Aussie defence, but Ryan pushes it over. Australia seemed to switch off a bit.

7': It's been a quiet start, but Australia will be more than happy with that. Just need to do this another 13 times over.

0': Denmark get proceedings underway.

The national anthems are ringing out. It's nearly time.

Team News

Martin Braithwaite is set to lead the line for Denmark in their hunt for goals. He replaces Andreas Cornelius while Mikkel Damsgaard drops to the bench to be replaced by Andreas Skov Olsen. Mattias Jensen comes in for Victor Nelsson.

Australia make just the one change, as Milos Degenek comes in for Fran Karacic at right back, with a draw likely to be enough for them to go through.

Australia: Mat Ryan (c), Milos Degenek, Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree, Craig Goodwin, Mathew Leckie, Mitchell Duke.

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel (c), Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Rasmus Kristensen, Pierre Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Joakim Maehle, Jesper Lindstrom, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Skov Olsen.

Introduction

It's getting to that time now. Excitement is really in the air. Finally, the World Cup is really spicing up. We are closing in on the knockout stage, with round of 16 fixtures taking shape. Yesterday, we find out who England and the Netherlands will be facing, and this afternoon, a little bit more will become clear.

We have got text coverage for a gigantically important game between Denmark and Australia, with both sides battling it out for a second place finish behind an irresistible France team. Australia have perhaps been better than many have expected, while Denmark have been the opposite. 

If you are unable to watch the match, we have live audio coverage right here. As usual, we have graphics and stats, given to you by StatsPerform.