Australia’s dream of a World Cup success in front of their home fans is still on, as they managed to top Group B to earn their spot in the round of 16. However, they face a huge challenge in the first knockout round, as they come up against Denmark at Stadium Australia.
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The dream of a first World Cup success continues for the host nation, as Australia booked their spot in the round of 16 after topping a dramatic Group B campaign. The host nation appeared to be on the brink of elimination going into the final round of matches, but they produced a sensational display on matchday three, as they scored a stunning 4-0 win over Canada to eliminate the reigning Olympic champions.
Their victory also secured their spot at the top of the group standings, which appeared incredibly unlikely going into the final round of matches. Australia finished a point ahead of Nigeria, but they have now scored an impressive seven goals at the competition this summer. Confidence will certainly rise as the host nation will welcome back Sam Kerr for the knockout action at the World Cup.
Denmark avoided a nervy end to their Group D campaign, largely down to the fact that China were 3-0 down against England by the half-time break. However, they still needed to do their job against Haiti to mathematically secure their spot in the next round.
They got off to an excellent start, as Pernille Harder scored from the spot, before the lead was doubled in the tenth minute of injury time. The success means that Denmark have made the knockout round at the World Cup for the first time since 1995. They have also won as many games at the tournament this year as they have in their previous three appearances.
Australia vs Denmark Head to Head
Australia and Denmark will clash at the World Cup for just the second time in history. The previous meeting between the sides came in the group stage of the 1995 tournament, with the Danes landing a huge 5-0 win.
Australia vs Denmark Prediction
The pressure will rise on Australia as the knockout round gets underway, but we were incredibly impressed with their display against China. The return of Kerr certainly enhances their chances, and they should have enough quality to overcome Denmark on Monday.
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