"At least we were able to give them a triumph, that's the most important thing".
"It was a hard and challenging group but we've reached our objective". Whether or not he's picked that side remains to be seen.
When Lionel Messi and Argentina take to the pitch later on Tuesday evening, a win will earn them a place in the last-16 against France.
First though, they have to escape the group stage.
Jorge Sampaoli's men were in tatters after a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Croatia last week, and needed a major turnaround in order to advance from Group D and make it to the knockout stages. Neither are anything near guarantees, and there might be a game-within-a-game distraction as the "will-he, won't he" furore surrounding whether 38-year-old Tim Cahill will be allowed to save his nation once again escalates as the games near conclusion. Their point earned against Denmark could've helped them if they had beaten Peru, and recorded better goal difference than the Danes.
To be fair to the South Americans they've only appeared at one other World Cup since - the 1982 tournament in Spain - thus they haven't had much of a chance to win.
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Denmark could have only been denied qualification had they lost to France and had Australia beaten Peru in the match being simultaneously played in Sochi.
A thrilling finish to France's group campaign didn't materialise in their last game against Denmark which ended goalless.
"There are no small teams or bad players in a World Cup, but the road is still long, we have to fight and be very strong". "Now we have a second phase and we must climb to get to the next level".
Since day one, van Marwijk has expressed his desire for Australia to become a great team even though they don't have the best players.