VAR penalty saves Australia against Denmark

Mile Jedinak scored Australia’s equalising goal against Denmark

Mile Jedinak scored Australia’s equalising goal against Denmark

Bert van Marwijk's team lacked the compactness and composure they showed in the early stages of their game against France on Sunday and it was hardly a surprise when the Scandinavians took the lead in the 7th minute through their star player.

Australia was slow in its build up and its crosses were unable to penetrate the tall Danish rearguard, although the Socceroos did come more into the game after the half hour mark.

Robbie Kruse then had a strike blocked inside the Denmark box following smart work from Leckie in the 30th minute, but Australia were level from the penalty spot in the 38th minute.

A gut-wrenching 1-2 defeat to France in their Group C opener has left Australia targeting a win against Denmark on Thursday as they seek to qualify from the group stages.

Sisto tested Ryan with a long-range attempt in the 22nd minute as Denmark looked for a second, before Jorgensen somehow headed a Henrik Dalsgaard cross wide of the post from close range.

"I think it's like back in the good old days".

"We're still in with a sniff", said Jedinak after the game. But on the 36th minute Australia equalised via the penalty spot with Aston Villa midfielder sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way.

3 - Australia are the second team in World Cup history to score three consecutive goals from the penalty spot. The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one goal more than the opponent.

Andrew Nabbout's shoulder injury, which will sideline him for the rest of the World Cup, did not quell Australia's momentum, even though some questioned van Marwijk's decision to replace him with Tomi Juric and not Tim Cahill.

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

Denmark's talisman Christian Eriksen knows his side must rediscover the attacking dynamism of their qualifying campaign if they are to follow up on their opening victory over Peru with a win against Australia in Samara on Thursday.

First, Aaron Mooy fired just over from distance before Tom Rogic and Leckie, Australia's two best performers, were denied by Schmeichel.

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