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Australia, the rival that eliminated Peru, and the miracle of being in the round of 16 in the World Cup

Australia It is that country that occupies a place where many wanted to see Peru. The ‘Socceroos’ eliminated the Peruvian team in the playoffs to Qatar 2022 and in the World Cup they have a great performance, qualifying for the round of 16 as second in group D.

For many, Australia only completed Group D where France and Denmark had all the plate to advance. The oceanicians entered the World Cup via the aforementioned playoffs, beating Peru on penalties and going to Qatar 2022 by surprise.

And they did, thanks to their 1-0 victory over Denmark with a goal from Mathew Leckie. In the World Cup, where you play everything in three games, scoring against the candidates gives you more life. Of course, then you have to confirm it against the so-called weak opponents, and Australia beat Tunisia, which the Danes couldn’t.

In 2006

Australia won 1-0 with Denmark and classic to the round of 16, repeating their best performance in World Cups, as in Germany 2006, when led by Tim Cahill they were second in group F, behind Brazil and beating Croatia and Japan.

  • Australia 3-1 Japan
  • Brazil 2-0 Australia
  • Australia 2-2 Japan

In the round of 16 he had to face Italy and fell 1-0 with Totti’s goal from the controversial penalty in the 95th minute. Luis Medina Cantalejo took a foul against Grosso when he stumbled against Lucas Neill. At that time there was no VAR to review the play.

“There were many cheats on the part of the players (at the World Cup). I recognize that and would like to apologize to our fans in Australia. The ‘socceroos’ should have gone to the quarterfinals instead of Italy,” said Joseph Blatter in an interview on Australian TV about the scene.

That was Australia’s last participation as a member of Oceania, then they went on to play the Asian Qualifiers and likewise managed to qualify then up to the current Qatar 2022.

In Qatar 2022

In Qatar he depended on himself to qualify for the round of 16 and he did it against Denmark. A great goal from Leckie achieved the miracle. In the group with France, Denmark and Tunisia, the Socceros accompany the champion to the quarterfinals.

It was heart attack. Because Tunisia was beating France, leaving Australia and Denmark out. The concern arose at the Al Yanub Stadium where the Oceanicians and the Danes tied. But Mathew Leckie invented a goal out of nowhere. A backlash found him alone, but he never stopped believing. He faced, faked and with a cross shot he achieved the qualifying goal.

It is the first time that Australia has achieved two victories in the same World Cup. It is only his fourth win in his six participations. In 1974 they made their debut without victories (1 draw and two losses), in 2006 they achieved a victory (against Japan) and two draws, and in 2010 they achieved another victory (over Serbia). It did not celebrate in 2014 or in 2018.

In Qatar 2022 they fell in their debut against France (4-1), but they had shown good conditions in the first minutes, so much so that they took the lead on the scoreboard. They then beat Tunisia 1-0 and repeated the result against Denmark to move into the top 16 in the world.

Thus, Australia will be in the round of 16 and will face the leader of group C, which will later be defined by Argentina, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

Source: Elcomercio

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