Mathew Leckie, Australia, World Cup
#7 Mathew Leckie celebrating his goal against Denmark that sent Australia into the Round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Soccerroos/Twitter


  • Denmark was heavily favored entering the group stage match against Australia
  • Mathew Leckie's 60th minute goal had fans in their home country going insane
  • The Socceroos will face an even more favored Argentina team in the Round of 16

The 2022 FIFA World Cup has seen nothing short of upsets in the group stages, but Australia's stunning defeat of No. 10-ranked Denmark is arguably up there.

The Australians entered the match as plus-550 to as high as plus-600 underdogs according to most booking sites while Denmark were minus-190 to minus-205 favorites to pull off the victory and secure a spot in the Round of 16.

It is an understandable sentiment among oddsmakers as the Australians entered the World Cup ranked No. 38 – 20 spots below Denmark.

While that is not entirely the indicator of how well a team can perform on the pitch, it can certainly be considered a barometer as to how they would fare against other opponents and common thought would dictate Denmark being the likeliest to move on to the next stage of the World Cup.

However, the Australians' determination to prove a point in the world stage saw them overcome a game Denmark side.

As both teams practically traded shots, Denmark took the win in terms of possession rate (69% to Australia's 31%), but it was veteran forward Mathew Leckie who stunned the world.

In the 60th minute, fans around the world saw Leckie's fancy footwork on full display as he toyed with the Denmark defense from just inside the half-line marker all the way to the box and fired a low shot through the legs of a defender, slotting it home in the bottom right corner.

Bedlam was had in Australia as Leckie gave them the lead in stunning fashion.

The crowds cheering their boys all the way from Fed Square in Melbourne immediately went insane after seeing the strike and flares immediately shot up in the 3:30 AM (local time) sky.

Denmark had a chance to try and draw level with the Australians care of Kasper Dolberg's scissor kick attempt, but he misfired on the try at the 81st minute.

Leckie's goal appeared to have sucked out the energy from the Danes as they were unable to mount any credible attempts at goal the rest of the way.

Though they went for some last-ditch attempts in stoppage time, Stoke City defender Harry Souttar and team captain Mathew Ryan pulled off some stunning saves to prevent Denmark from taking away their lead.

With one of the most stunning upsets in their back pockets, the Socceroos earned the right to enter the Round of 16 and will now face another tough opponent on their journey to World Cup glory as they take on Argentina and Lionel Messi.

The winner of that match will face the winner between the Netherlands and the United States in the quarterfinals.

For now, Aussies can sleep well as their side has made it to the Round of 16, coincidentally, 16 years since their first and last appearance at the time.

Australia, World Cup
#16 Aziz Behich and #9 Jamie Maclaren greet the fans in the stadium after Australia stunned FIFA-ranked No.10 Denmark to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Soccerroos/Twitter