Denmark 1 Australia 1: Jedinak strikes back after Eriksen rocket

Danny Woods
June 21, 2018

But with only seven minutes gone, Denmark were ahead with a goal of the highest quality as the Nicolai Jorgensen's cushioned layoff was crashed into the roof of the net by Tottenham's Christian Eriksen.

But after 36 minutes came the incident from which they levelled, Mathew Leckie's header adjudged, after a VAR review, to have been diverted away by a deliberate handball from Yussuf Poulsen, who was booked.

Jedinak, however, got Australia back into the game with his second penalty in Russian Federation, awarded following the intervention of the VAR, and the draw kept the Socceroos just about alive in the tournament.

Following the shock resignation of coach Ange Postecoglou in November, Van Marwijk has had limited time to prepare his Australia squad but they produced a good performance against one of the tournament favourites France.

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

The tournament's youngest player, 19-year-old Daniel Arzani, was introduced in Saturday's defeat for Australia and could start against Denmark. Video replay also gave Peru a penalty against the Danes in the opener, but it wasn't converted.

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After the pleas from Denmark's players to the referee went unheard, Schmeichel had a few words with Jedinak to rattle him.

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. "You still have to stay focused".

Australia battled back impressively in Samara after Christian Eriksen's sweetly-struck half volley, before Denmark faded badly in the second half.

Denmark nearly doubled their lead when Aaron Mooy lost the ball after 21 minutes, Mat Ryan parrying Pione Sisto's effort, before Rogic dragged well wide at the other end soon afterwards. "The next game is another game, but it gives us confidence", he said.

Fans watching live broadcasts in Denmark became increasingly agitated as the game went on, with a number of 50-50 decisions perceived as being given in favour of the Australians.

A solid defensive display against France won Australia plaudits but Bert van Marwijk's men are on the ropes.

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