Berlin/Sochi- Football is not always fair. That’s what the Australian national team have found I Russia so far. Despite two terrific performances in their opening two group games, the Socceroos only have one point in the bank going into the final group fixture with Peru on Tuesday. “We have deserved more points, but as it is we only have one and we must get on with it,” said Mathew Leckie, following a 2-1 loss to France and a 1-1 draw with Denmark.
Nevertheless the boys from Down Under can still dream of a place in the next stage. A win in Sochi against Peru will hold up their part of the deal, but may not be enough should Denmark get a point against France in the other group game. “We need to take care of our job and win our game. Then we wait and see what the French can do. But we assume that the team at the top of the group will want to win,” said Leckie.
France top Group C with a maximum six points from two games, ahead of Denmark with four. A win for Australia coupled with a defeat for Denmark would leave both sides on four points, and it would then be decided by goal difference. Denmark currently have +1 (two scored, one conceded) and Australia -1 (two scored, three conceded). Whoever qualifies will likely face Croatia in the last 16 on Saturday.