Celtic hero starts as he aims to match impressive World Cup feat
Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy has once again been handed a starting role for Australia as they face off against Denmark this afternoon.
The 32-year-old took his place in the starting 11 for the Socceroos opening two games of the group stages in Qatar against France and Tunisia.
And Mooy was praised for his performances in both matches, as he helped his nation pick up three points in a crucial 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday.
That victory handed Australia a huge boost in their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Graham Arnold’s side sits second place on three points, knowing that a victory would guarantee their place in the knockouts, which would see them face off with an opponent in Group C.
A draw against a strong Danish side could also be enough for qualification if France are able to earn a result against Tunisia in their final group game.
Aaron Mooy is likely to play a crucial role this afternoon after being named in the starting lineup for his country for the third match in a row.
The midfielder has been impressive in his two outings so far and will be looking to continue that momentum into this afternoon’s game.
Denmark pose a tough threat in the middle of the pitch, with quality players such as Pierre Emile højbjerg and Christian Eriksen. So, the Celtic man will need to be at the top of his game if they hope to achieve qualification.
Mooy looking to become the second Celtic player in World Cup knockouts after CCV’s success.
A victory or a draw this afternoon could see Aaron Mooy join his Celtic teammate Cameron Carter-Vickers in the knockout stages of this competition.
The defender had a key role to play at the back, helping his side to a clean sheet and three points against Iran on Tuesday evening.
And Mooy will certainly need to put in a similar level of performance to his American teammate in order to achieve the same feat.
I am sure the entire Celtic support will be right behind the former English Premier League man and the Socceroos this afternoon.
Victory for Australia would also leave fellow countryman Ange Postecoglou, and Harry Kewell delighted. So there is a lot of responsibility on Aaron Mooy’s shoulders!
Of course, we are only kidding, and we wish Aaron all the best of luck for his third match out in Qatar!
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