Denmark and Australia share the spoils

Denmark and Australia played out an exciting 1-1 draw in their 2018 World Cup Group C clash at the Samara Arena on Thursday.

  • Denmark 1 Australia 1
  • Eriksen (7') opens scoring with classy finish
  • VAR used to award spot-kick to Australia
  • Jedinak (38') slots 12th consecutive penalty

Match Summary

Christian Eriksen once again showed his quality with a fantastic volleyed finish early on, but Mile Jedinak was on target yet again from the penalty spot to level matters.

Both teams went at it hammer and tongs after the interval but neither could produce the crucial strike to grab all three points and had to settle for the draw.

Match Report

The Danes wasted little time as they hit the front in the seventh minute with none other than star playmaker Eriksen doing the damage. Nicolai Jorgensen did a terrific job chesting the ball down for Eriksen to run onto, and the Spurs midfielder showed great technique to drill his volley into the roof of the goal.

After going behind, the Socceroos remained restrained in their approach as they dropped deep to defend in a low block and make the final third congested for Denmark. However, it also meant the Danish defenders had ample time to knock the ball around in midfield.

Jorgensen had a chance of his own to double Danish Dynamite's lead in the 24th minute. They created space down the right flank and whipped in a cross that beat the first defender, but Jorgensen failed to direct his header on target.

Before the interval, the Australians were handed a lifeline when a VAR review resulted in a penalty. Mathew Leckie rose high in the box to head the ball goalwards but his attempt was interrupted by the arm of Yussuf Poulsen. Jedinak stepped up to convert from 12 yards out - his 12th consecutive penalty for his country.

They made a bright start to the second half as Leckie opened up the left flank of the Danish defence to allow overlapping runs from Risdon, but the final deliveries lacked quality.

At the other end of the pitch, Denmark were applying the pressure down the centre via Poulsen. He seemed to be fouled on the edge of the box, but the referee waved play on and the Aussies perhaps got away with one.

Australia suffered a blow in the 82nd minute when Tom Rogic went down awkwardly and appeared to injure his shoulder. He was replaced by Jackson Irvine.

The second half was end-to-end football as both sides tried to make the most of their transitions, but the crucial final pass was lacking.

Leckie had a great chance to perhaps snatch a late winner but he just couldn't get enough power on his shot to beat Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and they finished level on 1-1.

The result sees Denmark sit top of Group C with France in second, while Australia are third with one point from their first two games.