WORLD CUP: Australia and Denmark play to 1-1 draw


Australia kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stage after Mile Jedinak’s penalty secured a first Group C point against Denmark.

Christian Eriksen put Denmark ahead with a super finish after Nicolai Jorgensen’s clever lay-off.

Australia levelled through Jedinak’s penalty awarded after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.

Yussuf Poulsen’s close-range handball was analysed on video before the referee pointed to the spot.

In an absorbing encounter, Aston Villa’s Jedinak sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way for his second goal of the tournament.

Aaron Mooy went close from distance for Australia before Denmark’s Pione Sisto was left holding his head after a curling shot from outside the area flashed just wide.

The point was enough to take Denmark to the top of Group C on four points, one ahead of France who play Peru on Thursday, while Australia can still advance to the knockout stage.

Denmark have not reached the last 16 since 2002 but Age Hareide’s side are in a strong position to advance in Russia after following up victory over Peru with a hard-earned point. (BBC Sport)

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