A few minutes after the incident, Socceroos player Bailey Wright received devastating news about his mother-in-law. Socceroos reach last 16 in World Cup. The Socceroos stunned the football world by beating Denmark 1-0 on Wednesday (AEDT Thursday morning). advance to the knockout stage only for the second time in history.
Wright arrived late in the game as the Socceroos waited for victory in surprising scenes. But the Australian star was on the verge of tears when she revealed a devastating message she received after the match about her mother-in-law in England from her husband.
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“I got a message from my wife,” Wright said. «I hope she (my mother-in-law) is still with us.»
Wright said he did not tell his Socceroos teammates about the situation before confronting the media. «Something I keep to myself, nobody knows,» he said. «We all have so much going on, we’re just really proud.»
Wright’s match against Denmark was the 31-year-old’s debut at the World Cup. He was part of the Socceroos team in 2014 but never appeared on the field.
«Continuing is special,» Wright said. «But even if I didn’t get what we’ve accomplished, a lot of that performance and the reward you’re seeing now was an effort of over four years. A lot has happened on this journey, and it’s for all those who sacrificed over the last four years.»
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this Socceroos will play against Argentina from now on Lionel Messi’s team is in the round of 16 after beating Poland 2-0 on Wednesday. Australia and Argentina will face off in a do-or-die shootout at 6am on Sunday morning (Australian time).
Australia’s defeat of Denmark marked the first time in history for a Socceroos side to win two games in a World Cup. The famous side of 2006, featuring names like Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Mark Viduka, qualified for one win and one win. Draw.
«It’s the first time an Australian team has won two straight games at the World Cup,» said Graham Arnold, Socceroos coach. «Maybe we’re talking about a new golden generation now because we’re listening and hearing about 2006’s gold generation that scored four points – and now we’ve got six points.»
Socceroos players marveled at Matthew Leckie’s incredible single goal that brought Australia to victory. The Australian star turned the situation in favor of the weak team when he found the net with his left foot in the 60th minute.
«He didn’t have the right to score … he didn’t have the right to put it behind the net,» teammate Jamie Maclaren said. «But when you had the peace, the experience and the mind that Lecks had… it was tremendous.»
Leckie said: «I saw him come in as the ball was coming in, I was so excited and so happy. You see how much emotion there was at the celebration.
«I’m very proud. We worked hard. This is my third World Cup and I had a chance to score in previous World Cups, it didn’t have to be. My first World Cup (my goal) is probably one of the most important goals for me and the team.»
The Socceroos’ equation became even more difficult as France rested their first nine players in a 1-0 loss to Tunisia. The Australians had previously assumed that a draw against Denmark would be enough to advance, but Tunisia’s win the Socceroos needed all three points.
In the simultaneous match, Leckie scored just three minutes after Tunisia took a 1-0 lead. Tunisian fans and players on the bench were seen watching the final stages of the Socceroos match and were heartbroken by Denmark’s late failure to find an equalizer.
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