Australia stun Denmark to reach World Cup last 16

Mathew Leckie of Australia scores the first goal to make it 1-0 during the World Cup match between Australia v Denmark at the Al Janoub Stadium on November 30, 2022 in Al Wakrah Qatar.

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 the winners of Group C – with Poland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia all in with a chance of topping the table – on Saturday (19:00 GMT).

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