Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Jedinak's controversial penalty earns Australia draw against Denmark

Australia's response was impressive but with just one point from two games the Socceroos' chances of advancing in Russian Federation now appear slim.

Australia have only reached the second phase of a World Cup once, in 2006 when a late Harry Kewell goal earned them a point in their final group game, putting them ahead of Croatia.

R!' in joy after Dane Yussuf Yurary Poulsen was belatedly judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area following a Mathew Leckie header.

Denmark took the lead through an excellent effort from Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen, but Australia pulled back level after a controversial VAR decision handed the Aussies a penalty.

"They are physical", Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The next game is another game, but it gives us confidence", he said.

The Socceroos, meanwhile, went down 2-1 against France in Kazan, so are fighting to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Jedinak, who had scored a penalty in Australia's first match against France, stepped up to fire past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 38th minute.

They could not turn that impetus, however, into clear chances, although second-half substitute Daniel Arzani brought an additional spark to the Australia attack and had a good shot parried by Schmeichel at the death.

The Danes enjoyed their best period after this but failed to capitalise on their possession and territorial advantage.

Australia boss Bert van Marwijk selected the same XI that started against France last time out, while Denmark's team showed just one change from their 1-0 win over Peru - Lasse Schone replacing the injured William Kvist.

Andrew Nabbout suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in what is likely to be a heartbreaking end to his World Cup campaign.

Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel.

With so much on the line, much has been made of just how Australia will look to shackle the creativity of Eriksen, who netted a hat-trick as Denmark beat the Republic of Ireland 5-1 in their qualifying play-off second leg in Dublin.

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