Denmark vs. Australia - Football Match Report

Calvin Saunders
June 22, 2018

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.

Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen.

Australia levelled through Jedinak's penalty awarded after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.

Both teams hopes of advancing will be settled in the final round of Group C matches, when Australia take on Peru and Denmark meet France.

Eriksen's early opener was a body blow for Australia but they were given a lifeline when an outswinging corner seemed destined for the head of Hertha Berlin winger Mathew Leckie but came off the arm of Yussuf Poulsen.

After their opening defeat by France, Van Marwijk resisted the temptation to draft in attacking reinforcements, leaving veteran forward Tim Cahill on the bench for the second match in a row.

"We certainly weren't at our best", Eriksen said after the win over Peru. If the referee gives a crappy decision against you, you used to always say "you'll get that one back".

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Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel had not conceded for 571 minutes, but Jedinak calmly rolled home his penalty in the 38th minute to equalise. Instead, Denmark fell victim to the system, which has worked well so far in the World Cup but isn't flawless.

"But after 15, 20 minutes, we were really good".

The second half started much like the first ended, with Australia looking the more confident side as they kept Denmark's defence busy with a number of half-chances. The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one more goal than the opponents.

Josh Risdon wasted another chance to put a decent ball into the box for Australia before Denmark made their first change, Poulsen replaced by Daryl Braithwaite.

Schmeichel beat away an effort from Lazani and held another strike by Leckie as Australia were unable to find the winning goal their increasing pressure had threatened.

In a blow to their hopes, striker Andrew Nabbout looks set to be sidelined for the rest of the World Cup after he injured a shoulder falling awkwardly during Thursday's match.

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