The Socceroos have already enjoyed their best ever World Cup campaign, but now face their biggest test when they take on soccer powerhouse Argentina.
Graham Arnold’s uninspired Australian team fooled the critics by beating Tunisia and then Denmark to qualify for the sudden death round of 16 in Doha, Qatar at 6am on Sunday morning (Sydney and Melbourne time).
Their next opponents are as tough as can be – the tournament’s second favorite Argentina, twice World Cup winner and led by superstar Lionel Messi.
Australian striker Matthew Leckie set the nation on fire with his winning goal against Denmark and the whole nation wants him to repeat the dose against Football Royals Argentina tomorrow morning
Australia’s next opponents are as tough as can be: the tournament’s second favorite Argentina, a two-time World Cup winner and led by superstar Lionel Messi (pictured)
While there is little pressure on Australia, this World Cup has seen more setbacks than any other in the tournament’s glittering 92-year history.
And Socceroos fans around the world are hoping to get a repeat of their 1988 Bicentennial Gold Cup result when Australia beat Argentina 4-1.
Never mind that Argentina has won five of the seven games played by the two countries. One was a tie.
Here, Daily Mail Australia has everything you need to know about the Socceroos’ chilling date with destiny.
WHAT TIME IS THE KICK-OFF?
The crucial game between Australia and Argentina kicks off at 6am on Sunday in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart.
That’s 5am for those in Queensland; 5:30am for residents of Adelaide and South Australia; 4:30am for those in the Northern Territory and 3am for football fans in Western Australia.
The game can be watched on the free broadcast channel SBS, on the TV, via the app or the website.
Leckie struggles with Danish star Christian Eriksen during Australia’s 1-0 win. The victory gave Australia their first ever six points in a World Group group stage and placed them in the round of 16
Graham Arnold’s uninspired Australian team fooled the critics by beating Tunisia and then Denmark to qualify for the ‘sudden death’ round of 16 in Doha, Qatar on Sunday morning
The Socceroos have won two of their three matches at the tournament so far, shattering predictions from both Aussie and international pundits who expected them to flop after a tough first defeat to France.
It’s a sudden-death match, meaning the winner advances to the quarter-finals, while the loser packs his bags and goes home.
Hardly anyone expects Australia to win, so any pressure they can put on Lionel Scaloni’s team is a bonus.
Every minute the Socceroos, led by hero goalkeeper Matty Ryan, can hold off the Argentines is one minute closer to what could be the biggest World Cup shock ever.
Australian fans celebrate at Al Janoub Stadium. The cheers will be even greater when the Socceroos inflict an incredible defeat on Sunday
Australia v Argentina: Head-to-head record
7 played: Australia 1 win, Argentina 5 wins, 1 draw.
July 14, 1988 Bicentennial Gold Cup 4-1 AUS
June 18, 1992 International friendly match 2-0 ARG
October 31, 1993 FIFA World Cup (play-off) 1-1 draw
17 November 1993 FIFA World Cup (play-off) 1-0 ARG
June 30, 1995 International friendly match 2-0 ARG
June 18, 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup 4-2 ARG
September 11, 2007 International friendly match 1-0 ARG
WHERE CAN YOU WATCH IT?
The match will be streamed on giant screens on live sites in the following locations:
Federation Square (Swanston St & Flinders Street) and AAMI Park (Olympic Boulevard) and Victoria Golf ClubCheltenham.
Tumbalong Park (Darling Harbour, nearest entrance from Liverpool Street footbridge) and Parramatta Square and Arthur Byrne Reserveacross from McKeon Street Plaza at Maroubra Beach; Beam ParkEarlwood, Macquarie shopping centreLiverpool and Enmore Park.
King George Square and Queen Street Mall.
Telstra PlazaWar Memorial Drive, North Adelaide
Civic Squareoutside the Canberra Theater Centre
Central Coast Stadiumcnr Dane Drive and Central Coast Highway
Globe Laneat Crown Street Mall
Gippsland Center for the Performing ArtsKay Street 32
If you can’t get out of bed or you can, but just not leave the house, the match is live on SBS.
The build-up starts at 5am (Sydney/Melbourne/Hobart time) with a preview and the inevitable pre-match hype.
Actions start at 6am (in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart), so if you need sleep but still want to watch, set your alarm for 5.55am.
So that’s 4.55 hours in Brisbane, 5.25 hours in Adelaide and 2.55 hours in Perth.
Australians will be able to watch the big World Cup match tomorrow at live venues across the country
WHICH PUBS ARE SCREENING THE MATCH NEAR YOU?
Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North
Grass Bar, 131 Queen St, Melbourne
Sherlock Holmes Inn, 415 Collins Street Basement, Melbourne
Crafty Squire, 127 Russell St, Melbourne
Elephant and Wheelbarrow, 94-96 Bourke St, Melbourne
Wayside Inn, 446 City Road South, Melbourne
Beer Deluxe, Federation Square
The Sporting Globe, Richmond
Hopscotch, Riverside Quay Southbank
Australian fans watch the Socceroos play France in the first match of the 2022 World Cup at Sydney’s Cheers Bar
Cheers Bar, 561 George St, Sydney
24/7 sports bar in The Star, Pyrmont
Sackville Hotel, 599 Darling Street, Rozelle
Civic Hotel, 388 Pitt Street, Sydney
PJ O’Brien’s, 57 King St, Sydney
Bar Broadway, Sydney
Hotel Steyne, Manley
De Henson, Marrickville
Coogee Bay Hotel, 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
Marlborough Hotel, Newtown
Surly’s American Tavern at Surry Hills, 182 Campbell St, Surry Hills
Royal Hotel Paddington, 237 Glenmore Road, Paddington
The Fiddler, Rouse Hill
Commercial Hotel, Parramatta
Sterlos Sports Bar, Parramatta
Dee Why RSL
Ritz Cinema in Randwick will also host the contest for $10 per person.
The Sporting Globe Hotels: Multiple locations in NSW, VIC, QLD and WA.
The Imperial Hotel in Melbourne is one of hundreds of Australian pubs showing football on a Sunday morning
Varsity Northbridge, 94 Aberdeen St, Perth
The Aviary, 140 William St, Perth
The Globe, 495 Wellington Street, Perth
Crown Sports Bar, Great Eastern Highway, Perth
Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco
Ballers Sports Bar, 25 Collie Street, Fremantle
The Galway Hooker, 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough Beach
The Pig and Whistle, Riverside, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City
Winghaus, Edward Street, Brisbane
The Star, 1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach
De Rosey, 160 Hindley St
The precinct at SkyCity, North Terrace
The Durham, L1/52 Jardine St, Kingston, ACT
Meeting, The People’s Pub, Braddon ACT
The Jack, Cnr Spence & Sheridan Sts, Cairns
Wrest Point Casino, 410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay
Shennanigans Irish Pub, 1/69 Mitchell St, Darwin City
The Town, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville