Australia produce best s***housery in World Cup by stealing Denmarks tactics

Australia fashioned one of the greatest s***house moments in World Cup history by seemingly stealing Denmark's tactics on their way to a significant group stage win.

The Socceroos sealed qualification for the Round of 16 for only the second time in their history, thanks to a 1-0 victory over their Scandinavian counterparts with Matthew Leckie providing a slick finish 30 minutes from time.

Slipped through by Middlesbrough midfielder Riley McGree, the Melbourne-born forward jinked his way into the penalty before rifling a low effort into the bottom right corner to dump everyone's expected dark horse out of the competition.

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Sending thousands of supporters gathered at Federation Square loopy at 3.30am, the Aussies were partying long into the normal hours of the morning but, on closer inspection, Graham Arnold's side may have been given a helping hand from Denmark.

With 20 minutes to go at Al Janoub Stadium, De Rod-Hvide boss Kasper Hjulmand enacted a double substitution with forwards Andreas Cornelius and Robert Skov both sent into the fray.

Skov entered the pitch with a tactical note from Hjulmand which was passed on to captain Christian Eriksen detailing directives from the Denmark manager on how his side were going to attack for the remainder of the contest.

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However, that note looks to have somehow ended up in the Australian dugout with Graham Arnold immediately sanctioning a change of his own. The Socceroos boss sent on Sunderland defender Bailey Wright, in place of McGree, switching to a five-at-the-back formation.

According to Fox Sports Australia, the hand-written note, containing the message "believe" and instructions on how the Danes were going to play with two strikers, was thrown onto the ground by Eriksen with Socceroos striker Mitch Duke then passing it on to the Australian coaching staff.

With Arnold deploying a more defensive lineup, Australia were able to hold out to set up a last-16 tie against Argentina, which is scheduled for Saturday (December 3) at 3pm.


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