Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Australia vs Denmark: Danes hold Socceroos to 1-1 draw


Denmark raced out the blocks with a cracking opening strike through attacking talisman Christian Eriksen as early as the seventh minute.

Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark, which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight worldwide matches.

The Oceanic side kept creating half-chances as the half played out, and were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute via the VAR system, after Yussuf Poulsen was judged to have handled the ball in the box from a corner.

MASSIMO Luongo and Australia's hopes of qualifying for the second round of the World Cup remain in the balance following an entertaining 1-1 draw with Denmark.

Van Marwijk's side have played to their absolute maximum in this tournament, backed by a huge contingent of Aussie fans in Russian Federation, and they finally have their first point on the board having been so unlucky to lose 2-1 to France on matchday one.

The goal was Jedinak's second from the spot at this year's World Cup, and it snapped Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's five-match streak of shutouts for the Danes.

They now head to Samara knowing a win over Australia will put them in the driving seat to qualify from Group C.

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Spain have conceded 10 goals in their last four World Cup matches - as many as in their previous 15 World Cup matches combined. With one more match to go, it is unlikely Spanish coach Fernando Hierro will make changes to his squad from the last game.

It was Eriksen's 13th goal in his last 15 appearances for his country and underlined the pivotal importance of the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker to the otherwise workmanlike Danes.

On Denmark's Christian Eriksen: "He's an excellent player, he's had a great season and he's probably Denmark's most unsafe player".

They won't be the favorites in Samara, either, but after coming so close against the French, Coach Bert van Marwijk only had positive words for his players.

The result leaves Denmark leading Group C ahead of France, who play later today against Peru.

But a VAR intervention delivered a penalty to Australia with just under 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Denmark now need at least a draw from their final game against group favourites France to be assured of progression to the knock-out stages.

Having got back into the game, Australia seemed imbued with a renewed sense of belief, surging forward whenever they could and roared on by the vast array of green and gold clad fans in the Samara Arena.

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