At Samara, Denmark and Australia played in an evenly-fought, intense contest, ending in a 1-1 draw in their second match in Group C at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Denmark, Australia share the spoils on a draw 1 – 1
Eriksen’s early half-volley cancelled out by Jedinak’s penalty
Christian Eriksen awarded with man of the match (Australia 1 – 1 Denmark)
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In the first half, both teams started with attack-counter attack in successive periods. Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Nicolai Jorgensen laid off a well-placed pass for the Tottenham striker to beyond Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan. Match was only aged 7′ minutes.
But at 38′ minute the equalizer comes. A Yussuf Poulsen handball inside the Danish area which leads to a VAR review give Australia the break they need. Mile Jedinak converted the resulting penalty and a yellow card for Poulsen means he will miss Denmark’s next match.
“My players looked tired. You could see them tiring as the match went on. We tried to get our substitutes on to inject some energy but our game was restless. We lost the ball too often, faced too many counter-attacks and had to do too much running. We used up a lot of strength. But that’s the World Cup – it’s very tough and that’s just the way it is. Australia are a good side, well organised, and France were lucky to beat them 2-1. So we knew it was going to be tough. The level of effort from my team was good. We just gave the ball away too often and made too many wrong choices.” – Age Hareide, Denmark coach
At the second half, with the high intensity continuing both teams created scoring opportunities, but to nobody able to move the scorecard. The result sees Australia end a run of four consecutive World Cup defeats, while Denmark are unbeaten in their last 17 games.
See all goals details of Australia 1 – 1 Denmark FIFA World cup football match:
- 7′: ERIKSEN (DENMARK) SCORES!!
- Superb finish by Denmark’s star man, lashing a first time left-foot shot into the roof of the net from Nicolai Jorgensen’s set-up.
- 38′: JEDINAK (AUSTRALIA) SUCCESSFULLY CONVERTS THE PENALTY!
- He did in the first game and he has done it again. Schmeichel is sent the wrong way and Australia draw level, this after Yurary was penalised for a handball after a VAR review.
“I feel we should have won. It’s like against France: I’m disappointed and proud, and feel we deserved more. I honestly think we’ve deserved four points from these two games. So I’m very disappointed. It is just the last piece of the puzzle we are missing. Now we must concentrate on Peru; the rest, in terms of whether we can qualify, we cannot influence.”
– Bert van Marwijk, Australia coach
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