AARAN MOOY will face Lionel Messi when Australia take on Argentina in the World Cup last 16 shoot-out in Qatar on Saturday evening.

The Celtic midfielder was impressive again as the Socceroos booked their second spot in Group D behind reigning champions France on a day of high drama.

Mathew Leckie scored a superb goal on the hour mark to send Denmark crashing to a 1-0 loss in the afternoon clash.

The low strike left Kasper Schmieichel helpless to put the Aussies through to the knock-out stages for the first time since 2006.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT…Lionel Messi clutches his face in the incident that saw Argentina awarded a controversial penalty-kick.

SPOT OFF…Lionel Messi watches Poland keeper Wojciech Szczesmy pull off a brilliant save from his penalty-kick.

The French were stunned when Wahbi Khazri claimed the only goal of the encounter against Tunisia, but they still qualified with six points – the same as Graham Arnold’s team, but with a superior goal difference.

Global superstar Messi had a first-half penalty-kick saved by Wojciech Szczesmy before Alexis Mac Allister opened the scoring a minute after the restart while Julian Alvarez hit the second in the 67th minute.

The Poles had to sweat until three minutes after their match had finished to make sure they had qualified on goal difference.

Mexico were beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 with second-half strikes by  Henry Martin and Luis Chavez and a third goal would have put them through. However, a stoppage-time counter by Salern Aldawsari killed off their hopes.

They now face France in their last-16 encounter on Sunday afternoon.

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