That’s it. Australia showed it meant business against highly-ranked Denmark, and the match was arguably there for the taking, but the Socceroos only emerge from this match with a single point. Our fate is not in our hands and we’ll really be hoping France do us a big favour against Peru later tonight.
Matthew Leckie was absolutely superb tonight. He’s come on in leaps and bounds since 2014 and was our man of the match by a country mile. Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy looked good in parts, and Daniel Arzani lit up the show late on, showing there’s smoke where there’s hyped-up fire.
There’s another Aussie huddle on the pitch after the full-time whistle. I love these boys so, so much. They’ve done us so proud in Russia, BUT THIS IS NOT DONE YET. There’s quite a bit of maths to work out exactly how we’re going through to the next stage (and we’ll have a handy explainer up for our beloved readers some time in the morning), but this team has shown us exactly what we were hoping for heading into a difficult group.
We need France to do us a solid – and on paper they should account for Peru comfortably enough. There’s a spirit in this team that I’m proud to identify with, and I’m sure many of you in your thousands share that sentiment. Let’s see how France v Peru plays out at 4:00am (AEST), and we go from there.
WELL PLAYED, SOCCEROOS. We’ll have a full match report live soon, and analysis to follow. I’m James Maasdorp, happy to have brought you what was, objectively, a brilliant match. We’ll catch you in the live blogging world for the Peru match next week. BIG LOVE.