Eriksen Scores As Denmark And Australia Draw
2018 FIFA World Cup Match Report: Denmark vs Australia, 21 June 2018
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen found the back of the net as Denmark drew 1-1 with Australia in a tense Group C match on Thursday afternoon.
FIFA World Cup, Group C
Full Time: Denmark vs Australia
Date: 21 June 2018
Venue: Samara Arena
The match at the Samara Arena started off with Denmark applying early pressure on Australia, and it took the European side only two minutes to win the first corner of the game, although it came to nothing.
Three minutes later, the Aussies created the first chance of the game, with Matthew Leckie heading the ball high over the bar after an inch-perfect cross from a corner.
It was not much longer before the match saw its first goal as the Danes managed to produce a counter-attack that saw Nicolai Jorgensen flick the ball into the path of Eriksen, who buried the ball home with his left foot in the seventh minute.
Australia started seeing more of the ball soon after the Tottenham Hotspur star's strike, but it was Denmark who looked the more threatening side. Pione Sisto forced a save from Mat Ryan in the 22nd minute, and two minutes later Jorgensen missed with a header in the six-yard box.
The Oceanic side kept creating half-chances as the half played out, and were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute via the VAR system, after Yussuf Poulsen was judged to have handled the ball in the box from a corner.
Australia captain Mile Jedinak stepped up and buried the spot-kick for the Socceroos, levelling matters as the teams went into the break with the score at 1-1.
The second half started much like the first ended, with Australia looking the more confident side as they kept Denmark's defence busy with a number of half-chances.
The first scoring chance in the second half went the way of the Danes, though, when Sisto saw his shot deflected behind after he got on to the end of a flick pass from Jorgensen in the 51st minute.
The Aussies had to wait until the 70th minute to create their best opportunity of the half, when Aaron Mooy tried from range, but could only see his effort fly over the bar. Two minutes later, Tom Rogic also had an attempt at goal, but Kasper Schmeichel saved comfortably.
As the match reached the 80th minute, both teams continued exchanging half-chances, but neither looked like finding the goal that would give them all three points.
The 86th minute saw Australia force Schmeichel into two saves in quick succession, but the Leicester City star was able to see out the half without conceding.
In the final minute of injury time, Denmark's Martin Braithwaite had a meek shot at goal, which was easily held by Ryan, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.