Australia upset Denmark 1-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the World Cup knockout phase for the first time in 16 years thanks to a fine solo goal from Mathew Leckie.

Iran PressMiddle East: Australia qualified for the World Cup by the thinnest of margins, needing a penalty-kicks win over Peru in an intercontinental playoff to earn one of the final spots after the coronavirus pandemic already had moved most of its qualifying matches away from home. Its roster was filled with players who toiled in soccer’s professional backwaters.

The Socceroos had finished 30th out of 32 teams in each of the past two World Cups, with just one draw and five losses, and hopes seemed similarly dim for this year’s tournament.


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