‘Now these guys are heroes’: Socceroos bound into last-16 date with Argentina

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Mathew Leckie’s goal sank Denmark in a 1-0 win as Australia finished second in their group – now Lionel Messi’s side await in this Qatar odyssey

The Melbourne sky was red with the flares of Federation Square, a heaving party of thousands in the dead of night on a Thursday that exploded in euphoria with the swing of Mathew Leckie’s left boot. In Sydney’s CBD, patrons in a handful of packed pubs spilled out on to George Street as the forward raced off in celebration and then “got slapped in the head about 100 times” by teammates.

For Australia, that goal is immediate sporting folklore. It is the goal that sank Denmark. It is the one that captured those three precious points, the one to seal back-to-back World Cup wins for the first time in the nation’s history, and the one to confirm a place in the round of 16 not achieved in 16 years.

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Written by Emma Kemp at Al Janoub Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/nov/30/australia-socceroos-denmark-world-cup-last-16-argentina under the title “‘Now these guys are heroes’: Socceroos bound into last-16 date with Argentina”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.