Fans take to social media to hail Australia after they upset the odds to beat Denmark


‘The greatest win in Australian football history’: Fans take to social media to hail Australia after they upset the odds to beat Denmark and qualify for the last sixteen of the World Cup

  • Australia celebrate as they progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup 
  • The 1-0 win over Denmark sees the Socceroos finish  second behind France 
  • Fans online hail Australia ‘Massive’ and call it the biggest win in their history 
  • Matthew Leckie’s goal was enough to send Graham Arnold’s side to the last 16  

Football fans have hailed Australia as they pulled off one of the biggest surprises at the World Cup so far, by progressing to the last sixteen ahead of Denmark. 

The Danes, who were only beaten once in qualifying and defeated France in their Nations League Group, were heavily fancied to one of the two teams that would qualify from Group D, but have been upset by the Socceroos. 

Kasper Hjulmand’s side went into the final group games with their fate in their own hands, but succumb to a Matthew Leckie winner for Australia to see them crash out of the tournament without a win to their name.  

Matthew Leckie celebrates the goal that sent Australia through to the last sixteen in Qatar 

Players and staff are jubilant as they cause an upset in Group C beating Denmark to qualify

Players and staff are jubilant as they cause an upset in Group C beating Denmark to qualify 

Australia beat both Denmark and Tunisia in the group, and will now face the winners of Group C in the knockout stage – which could possibly mean a meeting with Argentina and Lionel Messi. 

Fans took to social media to hail the Australian side with one account simply stating ‘AUSTRALIA IS MASSIVE’, while another was slightly more subdued in his congratulations, saying ‘Advance Australia, fair’. 

One posted a fair summery of Australia’s World Cup so far by saying what a lot of fans most likely thought, stating ‘I did not think Australia had a chance of going through but here they are.’ 

Fans hail the famous win for Australia has the reach the knockout stage for the first time since the 2006 tournament in Germany

Fans hail the famous win for Australia has the reach the knockout stage for the first time since the 2006 tournament in Germany 

Another user got very carried away with the victory and you could hear his pleasure as he tweeted ‘LLLLEEETTTSSSS GGGGGGOOOOO!!!!’. While another happy supporter said ‘Win tonight is the greatest win in Australian football history.’ 

It has been a World Cup full of underdog stories, thanks to Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina and Japan upsetting Germany, but Australia’s win may top the lot. 

One tweet summed up the story of the group by saying ‘Australia been underdogs since World Cup qualifying round, they’re now in R16. What a story. And what an abysmal tournament for Denmark, throughly disappointed. 

It wasn’t just fans too, former Aussie star and Leeds hero Harry Kewell also tweeted his delight in seeing his national side’s triumphant win. He said: ‘Over the moon! What an achievement Socceroos!!’ 

Australia have now matched their best-ever showing at a World Cup, they reached the last sixteen in 2006, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Italy.  

This tweet summed up the story of Australia's World Cup and the disappointing Danish side

This tweet summed up the story of Australia’s World Cup and the disappointing Danish side 

Former Socceroo Harry Kewell was overjoyed to see his national team get the job done

Former Socceroo Harry Kewell was overjoyed to see his national team get the job done

Graham Arnold will lead his Australia team into the last sixteen of the World Cup in Qatar

Graham Arnold will lead his Australia team into the last sixteen of the World Cup in Qatar 

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