Australia hold Denmark for 1-1 draw

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen has had a hand in 17 goals in his past 14 appearances for Denmark

Captain Mile Jedinak rode to Australia's World Cup rescue with a penalty to cancel out Christian Eriksen's superb opener for Denmark, securing a 1-1 draw on Thursday that ensured Group C would go down to the wire.

It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area.

Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen reacts after being shown a yellow card by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after he awards a penalty to Australia for handball following a VAR referral.

Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct.

Hareide is not convinced by VAR so far at the World Cup.

"If you look at the results during this tournament then it would appear that numerous favourites have a tough time dealing with that role".

Denmark's Lasse Schone and Australia's Daniel Arzani in action at the FIFA World Cup at Samara Arena, Samara, Russia on Thursday.

Jedinak converted from the spot for the second game in succession at Russian Federation 2018 to cancel out Christian Eriksen's classy opener in Samara.

France ended Peru's hopes of reaching the last 16 with a 1-0 win thanks to Kylian Mbappe's 34th-minute goal.

"We're still in with a sniff", said Jedinak after the game. The Danes were coming off a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday in Saransk.

With the result, Denmark is up to four points in the group, while Australia has one.

Eriksen didn't quite have as much of an impact after that, but the goal will give him confidence, and if Denmark get into the knockouts, then the opposition teams will need to be even more wary of the 26-year-old.

Sorenson believes Denmark's performance against Australia will be a good litmus test of their tournament pedigree and he is eager to see a strong physical display. Christian Eriksen scored his 13 goal in his last 15 worldwide appearances with a fine strike. Peru missed that spot-kick but the Danes have still been left baffled by the handling of VAR at the tournament.

Australia meanwhile appeared to be making inroads in notching their second of the afternoon as Schmeichel's credentials came under increasing scrutiny - with efforts from Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic and Leckie ensuring the Leicester man was without a moment of peace.

"I'm hoping we can get him more into the game because it will be hard the way Australia set up, they're very well drilled by Bert van Marwijk and they've been working on limiting that space from the defence", he added.

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