SAMARA Russia (Xinhua) --
Conceding a 1-1 draw after a fruitless second
half of attacking endeavours against Denmark on Thursday,
Australia was left with hope of progressing from Group C only if
they manage to defeat Peru in five days.
With a line-up of
six players having a stature of 190cm and above, Denmark was
barely taken advantage of by the Australians from the air, after
the kickoff whistle was blown. At the same time, the Danes
manifested good performance on the ground in terms of skills and
Seven minutes into
the game, Nicolai Jorgensen got the ball in the box, before he
passed it with the outside of his boot to the unmarked trailing
Christian Eriksen. The Tottenham midfielders thrilling
left-footed half-volley gave the Danes a 1-0 lead.
restored from the early blow. By taking control of the midfield,
the Aussies managed to press their opponents.
later, Mathew Leckies header from a corner kick cross hit the
sprawling arm of Yussuf Yurary Poulsen. After applying to the
on-field review system, the referee pointed to the 12-foot mark
and booked Poulsen, who will miss the next match against France
as a consequence.
Mile Jedinak calmly
converted the the fifth penalty awarded after a VAR review in
the tournament, while the Danish goal keeper Kasper Schmeichel
was sent to the wrong side. The captains equaliser lit up the
enthusiasm of over 12,000 Australian fans in the arena.
sides, the Australians obtained the momentum gradually, and kept
constant pressure on Denmark, thanks to substitutes off the
bench including the dynamic 19-year-old Daniel Arzani, who is
the youngest player of this World Cup.
On the other hand,
the Danes tried to counterattack with sporadic efforts, relying
on attacking prowess of a couple of individuals including
Eriksen and Pione Sisto on the left wing.
several unfruitful waves of attacking attempts, Australia
conceded a draw, which leaves them no choice but to extract
three points from the next match against Peru, in order to
preserve a possibility to progress to the knock-out stage.
“I am disappointed
and proud just as when I sat here after the match against
France, I really think we should have had four points from two
games, what we miss is the last piece of the puzzle,” Australia
coach Bert van Marwijk said. “We only have to concentrate on the
match with Peru.”
players are good, well organised, hard to breakdown, France was
lucky beating them 2-1, and I’m really happy we have four
points, “ Denmark coach Age Hareide said.
was concerned that the VAR had moved some charm of football.
“I do believe it was
a penalty, the whole issue with VAR is that there are people
somewhere in Russia deciding to look at the situation because it
looks like a penalty,” Hareide.
“There are other
situations of the match, they should really have stopped and
looked at what happened, but they are not doing that, so who
decides, is the referee on the pitch, or people sitting in the
dark room somewhere else,” he added.
In the last round of
group stages, Denmark will play France on June 26, while the
showdown between Australia and Peru is to kickoff