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Australia march into round of 16 for first time since 2006, beat Denmark 1-0

Australia finished second with six points in Group D

Australia's Mathew Leckie, left, celebrates after scoring his side's goal against Denmark | AP Australia's Mathew Leckie, left, celebrates after scoring his side's goal against Denmark | AP

Australia advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup, beating favoured Denmark 1-0 on Wednesday on Mathew Leckie's 60th-minute goal.

It is Australia's first time in the knockout stage since 2006, the only other time they advanced out of the group stage.

Leckie took a pass just around the centre circle and moved in and around a Danish defender, eventually lacing a left-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel diving to his left.

Australia finished second with six points in Group D.

The World Cup proved to be a major disappointment for Denmark after reaching the semifinals in the 2020 European Championship. They slogged through a 0-0 draw in their opening match with Tunisia and then recovered in a 2-1 loss against France.

The Danes attacked from the start against Australia but could never break through with the Socceroos. 

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