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

Penalty helps Australia hold Denmark 1-1

Penalty helps Australia hold Denmark 1-1

Denmark's forward Martin Braithwaite, left, vies with Australia's midfielder Jackson Irvine during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match at the Samara Arena in Samara on Thursday.

Mile Jedinak's penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup.

Their continued attempts to pump the ball into the box, however, paid dividends as a penalty was awarded after Yussuf Poulsen was deemed to have raised his hand to deflect Mathew Leckie's header from close range after the referee consulted with VAR. Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the group at No. 36, is vying to advance out of the group stage for the first time since 2006.

Bert van Marwijk's men travelled to Samara needing a win after their unfortunate 2-1 defeat to France in their Group C opener.

Denmark beat Peru 1-0 in their first game and Hareide said he was pleased with their points haul.

Australia began the second half in bright style but were nearly behind again after 51 minutes when neat build-up play resulted in a chance for Sisto, whose snap-shot went wide.

On minutes 67 minutes Australia made an attacking substitution, with Daniel Arzani replacing Robbie Kruse, while Andreas Cornelius entered the field for Denmark. The Danes were coming off a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday in Saransk.

Australia was also making a fifth trip to the World Cup.

Denmark can consider themselves unfortunate not to have had a penalty appeal of their own referred to VAR early in the second half when Poulsen appeared to be shoved in the area.

"They don't have anybody who can go into that position and fill it like he does", the five-time Denmark worldwide said, having suggested Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen could move into midfield. The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one more goal than the opponents.

Australia, with one point, are clinging on by their fingertips and need to win their final match against Peru to stand any chance of going through.

Denmark's seventh-minute opener was fully deserved and the quality of the finish was superb in a World Cup that has produced some wonderful goals.

Eriksen, who plays for Tottenham in England, has scored in 17 of the national team's last 20 matches.

Eriksen, now 26, was the youngest player at the World Cup in South Africa. He now has 79 appearances for the national team with 23 goals.

"I think the tournament is over for him", van Marwijk added.

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