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

Yolanda Curtis
June 22, 2018

Christian Eriksen rattled the back of the net for Denmark in the 7th minute after Mile Jedinak equalised from the penalty spot for the Socceroos minutes before the half-time whistle.

It took Denmark 27 minutes to have their first shot on goal in Saransk and they were forced to defend for large periods of the game but will still fancy their chances against an Australian side who have only made it out of the group stages on one occasion at the World Cup (2006). Australia definitely had the Danes' measure in the second-half, with better positioning and more attacking play.

France ended Peru's hopes of reaching the last 16 with a 1-0 win thanks to Kylian Mbappe's 34th-minute goal. "You can ask me those questions 100 times - I know Eriksen because I already saw him a lot in Holland, and I saw him also a lot of times in Tottenham", was all the Dutchman had to say when pressed on his intentions to deal with Denmark's chief threat.

Lasse Schone could replace William Kvist, who was stretchered off during Denmark's opener, though the midfielder remains hopeful of returning before the end of the group stages.

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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.

Jedinak has now scored the nation's last five goals in competitive matches, four of which have come from the penalty spot.

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.

"The goalkeeper will do what he has to, to make him feel bigger than he is", said Jedinak.

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Denmark began their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory against a Peru side making their first appearance in the competition since 1982.

"They are a physically strong team, very tall players, that's their weapon and we played against France and they have more quality and creativity in their players, but I think the Danish are maybe more of a team".

3 - Australia are the second team in World Cup history to score three consecutive goals from the penalty spot.

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.

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"We just need to look at the details".

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