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Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

July 16 2018, 04:46 | Perry Erickson

"Obviously, if you told us that today we would have four points from two games then it wouldn't be too bad", said Christensen in Samara's Cosmos Stadium.

Andreas Christensen is aware the pressure will be on Denmark for their final group game against France following a controversial draw with Australia.

The game was going Denmark's way until the 35th minute when referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz consulted VAR and decided Poulsen used his arm to block Leckie's headed shot and awarded the penalty, which Jedinak drilled into the bottom right corner of the net.

Denmark will end their Group C campaign against France on June 26, while Australia - who can still qualify - finish against Peru on the same day.

Van Marwijk also knows the size of the challenge awaiting his side at the Samara Arena. "The next game is another game, but it gives us confidence", he said.

Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel had not conceded for 571 minutes, but Jedinak calmly rolled home his penalty in the 38th minute to level the scores.

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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.

The Danes enjoyed their best period after this but failed to capitalise on their possession and territorial advantage. The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one goal more than the opponent.

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

Rogic was heavily involved in Australia's push for a victor in the second half, and tested Leicester City man Schmeichel but could not find the elusive goal.

In a blow to their hopes, striker Andrew Nabbout looks set to be sidelined for the rest of the World Cup after he injured a shoulder falling awkwardly during Thursday's match.

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.



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