After a 4-1 loss against France in the opening game, who would have thought Australia would have its destiny in its own hands for the final game?
Australia’s 1-0 win against Tunisia after a wonder header from Mitchell Duke in the 23rd minute gives real hope to Australia advancing to the knockout stage.
It will still all come down to Australia’s final group game against Denmark on Thursday morning, despite France doing the Socceroos a favour and defeating the Danes 2-1 on Sunday morning.
It was the best possible result for Australia and a win against Denmark will guarantee the Socceroos a spot in the knockout stages.
Here how it all stands so far:
— France — played 2: 6 points — +4 goals
— Australia — played 2: 3 points — -2 goals
— Denmark — played 2: 1 point — -1 goal
— Tunisia — played 2: 1 point — -1 goal
Here’s what needs to happen for the Socceroos to make the second round for the first time since 2006.
If the Socceroos defeat Denmark, they are through.
If the Socceroos draw to Denmark and Tunisia loses to France, they are through.
If Australia draws against Denmark and Tunisia draws with France, they are through.
Because of a poorer goal difference, Australia cannot progress if it loses to Denmark.