Denmark, Australia Share Spoils in 1-1 World Cup Draw

Ruben Ruiz
June 21, 2018

When play resumed two minutes later, Mile Jedinak beat Kasper Schmeichel with a low penalty to give Australia reward for their improvement and leave the game level at the break. You don't put in two performances like that [against Denmark and France] if you're frustrated.

Australia again took a defensive stand against Denmark, which was back at the World Cup after missing out on the tournament in Brazil. Mile Jedinak converted the resulting penalty and a yellow card for Poulsen means he will miss Denmark's next match. Poulsen, who plays for German club RB Leipzig, scored the lone goal.

Australia, who are playing in their fifth World Cup finals, need a positive result to maintain realistic hopes of qualifying for the last-16 for the second time in their history.

Moments after Mathew Leckie's early header for Australia sailed over the goal, Eriksen sent a left-footed shot over goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's outstretched arms.

The Tottenham playmaker defied Denmark's reputation as a goal-shy outfit, applying a wonderfully crisp finish to a swift passing move that was reminiscent of the great Danish side of the 1980s.

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The Danes began brightly and took the game to Australia right from the start, pushing forward in numbers, getting the ball wide and slinging in crosses for their tall forward line to put pressure on the Australian goal.

"We certainly weren't at our best", Eriksen said after the win over Peru. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can", Hareide said. "You still have to stay focused".

The highlight of Group C will be the match between France and Denmark on Tuesday in Moscow.

After Denmark's Pione Sisto put a good opportunity wide, Australia gradually got on top, but the nearest they came to grabbing a victor was when Leckie's cross was turned over his own goal by Henrik Dalsgaard and Mooy blasted over from distance. He was replaced in the starting lineup against Australia by Lasse Schone.

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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