Australia defeat Denmark to reach 2022 World Cup round of 16

Australia reached the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in 16 years after shocking Denmark.

The Danes, needing victory to progress, dominated possession but were caught out on the break when Australia scored the winner on the hour mark.

Denmark lost the ball in the Australian box and Mathew Leckie finished a brilliant counter-attack with a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.Australia finish in second place in Group D on six points, only behind world champions France on goal difference.

Denmark, meanwhile, exit Qatar 2022 in disappointing fashion, with just one point from three games, sitting bottom of the group.

Australia will now play Group C winners Argentina on Saturday (19:00 GMT).

Dolberg lost the ball in the Australian box and his side were caught out on the break. Melbourne City winger Leckie ran confidently at the Danish defence, and struck left-footed through Maehle’s legs past Schmeichel inside the far post.

It ensured they reach the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time since 2006, when a star-studded side featuring Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer were only stopped by eventual champions Italy.

Source: BBC

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