The Danes, who finished second in Group D, will be looking to spoil the party and eliminate the home favourites.
After beginning the Women’s World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win, Australia suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat to Nigeria in their second group game, leaving them in third place and at risk of an early exit.
Despite having the added pressure of being the tournament co-hosts, Australia saved their best performance for their final group match as they brushed aside the Olympic champions Canada.
Hayley Raso’s first-half brace put the Matildas in control, before Mary Fowler added a third just before the hour mark.
Steph Catley dispatched a stoppage-time penalty to round off a dominant 4-0 win, sealing Australia’s place in the knockout rounds and condemning Canada to a group-stage exit.
After finishing as group winners, Australia set up a last-16 tie with Denmark, and they will be hoping to draw inspiration from their previous meeting with the Danes in October 2022 when the Matildas came from behind to claim a 3-1 win in the friendly encounter.
Denmark, meanwhile, got their campaign up and running with a narrow win over China, before they were stopped in their tracks by England on Matchday Two.
After being edged out being the European champions, Denmark picked themselves up to beat Haiti 2-0 in their final group game.
Pernille Harder opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Sanne Troelsgaard came off the bench to add a second goal deep into stoppage time, sealing all three points and securing Denmark’s spot in the last 16.
Denmark, who are appearing in their first Women’s World Cup since 2007, now have the chance to record their first-ever win in the knockout stages of the tournament.
While they may have lost their most recent meeting with Australia, they managed to beat the Matildas 3-2 when the two nations met in a friendly in June 2021.
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We say: Australia Women 2-0 Denmark Women
Australia would have been buoyed by their dominant performance in their final group game against Canada, and we think that they will continue to build momentum by brushing aside Denmark to book their place in the quarter-finals.