Australia stunned Denmark in a critical World Cup match and reached the knockout stage for the second time in the country’s history, as Tunisia defeated France in their Group D match.
Matthew Leckie put Australia ahead in the 60th minute in a win or go home match. Leckie was in open space and made two moves around the Danish defenders to pass the ball to Kasper Schmeichel to make it 1-0. After that, the Roos stood their ground and stopped any further opportunity from Denmark.
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It was Leckie’s first World Cup. He made his World Cup debut in 2014 for Australia, but the country hasn’t made it out of the group stage since 2006, when Tim Cahill was scoring goals for the team.
Now, they finish runners-up to France in Group D and will play the winners of Group C.
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Denmark were ranked 10th in the FIFA rankings prior to the tournament, and Australia were ranked 38th.
In the other match in Group D, Tunisia defeated France 1-0, in a game that was to see the French through to the qualifiers anyway. Tunisia was ranked 30th in the FIFA rankings prior to the tournament, and France was ranked fourth despite being the defending World Cup champions.
Wahbi Khazri scored a goal in the 58th minute and despite having a star-studded lineup, France were unable to put anything on the board against Aymen Dahmen. In discount time. Antoine Griezmann finally broke through, but his score was disallowed because he was offside.
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Tunisia picked up a win to salvage a World Cup win.