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Melbourne Goes Absolutely Mental As Australia Reach Round Of 16

Melbourne Goes Absolutely Mental As Australia Reach Round Of 16
Nathan Molloy
By Nathan Molloy
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There were wild celebratory scenes in Melbourne when Mathew Leckie scored the winner to send them through to the last 16.

Not minding the late kick-off time of 2 o'clock in the morning, hundreds of Australians flocked to Fed Square to watch their crucial match against Denmark. The Socceroos' goal to send them through was greeted by red flares and their fans going absolutely mental.

Historic Result

Australia's latest win means that they progress to the round of 16 for only the second time in their history. They were placed in a tough group with reigning World Champions France, Tunisia and Denmark. Having lost to France 4-1 in their opener, they won 1-0 against Tunisia before their triumph today.

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Ahead of the game, the Socceroos knew that they had their fate in their own hands. However, nervousness definitely fell upon their supporters when Tunisia took a shock lead against France in the 58th minute. At that time, Tunisia was going through in 2nd place alongside their opponents. Nevertheless, Australia quickly grabbed second spot back with a fine goal from Mathew Leckie.


On the counterattack, Leckie received the ball just past the halfway line. Faced with two defenders, he quickly turned to one side then the other before nutmegging one and putting the ball past Schmeichel into the net.

The Socceroos then defending resolutely for the rest of the game. They had a scare ten minutes after the goal, as referee Mustapha Ghorbal pointed to the spot after a foul on Kasper Dolburg. However, the Danish forward was narrowly offside.

Australia then held out for the win making Tunisia's 1-0 win over France meaningless.


Tough Tie

As the second-placed team in Group D, Australia will play against Group C's winner in the next round. Their potential opponents all play tonight at 7:00pm and it can either be Poland, Argentina or Mexico depending on the results.

Whatever the time and result, the Australian fans have proved that they'll be behind their team no matter what.

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