FIFA World Cup: Mathew Leckie, Lionel Messi and Stefanie Frappart among the talking points on day 11

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FIFA World Cup: Mathew Leckie, Lionel Messi and Stefanie Frappart among the talking points on day 11

The Socceroos break Danish hearts and send Aussie fans into ecstasy, the champions go down (though it doesn’t matter), Poland and Mexico need a rule book and a calculator to work out who goes through in Group C, a superstar fails from the penalty spot and an all-female officiating crew are set to make history. 

Overnight results:

  • Australia 1 – 0 Denmark
  • Tunisia 1 – 0 France
  • Argentina 2 – 0 Poland
  • Mexico 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia

Here are five talking points from day 11 of the 2022 World Cup.

Socceroos in dreamland as Leckie puts it away

Mathew Leckie goal
Mat Leckie slotted the ball beyond Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel for what proved the winning goal at Al Janoub Stadium.(Getty Images: Alex Grimm)

An Australian team that snuck into the World Cup with a play-off win over Peru, that was seen as a long shot to advance — with one pre-tournament analysis giving the Socceroos a five per cent chance of going through — had destiny in their own hands as they faced Denmark in the wee hours of this morning.

Win and they were in, draw and it could be enough, lose and they were heading home.

It was a tough start — Australia could have shipped three or four goals in the opening 25 minutes, but the defence held, thanks to Mat Ryan’s saves and big efforts from the likes of Harry Souttar and Milos Degenek.

As nails were bitten around Australia it was still all square at the break.

Regardless of events elsewhere, what came next was something else.

It was an hour into the match when a Danish move broke down in the penalty area, and the Socceroos cleared — it went to Riley McGree on the wing, who played a great through ball to Mathew Leckie.

He ran towards goal, then stepped this way and that to put off the Danish defender trying to stop him, before finding the angle to nutmeg said defender, with a shot that slid past Kasper Schmeichel into the far corner of the net.

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Scenes of jubilation in Qatar after Socceroos beat Denmark

Cue absolute SCENES in Qatar, and in Federation Square in Melbourne, among other locations.

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