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Australia earn draw with Denmark following VAR penalty…

Kasper Schmeichel Denmark vs Australia Preview: Socceroos need a win whilst Danes can qualify in second Group C match
Adrian Cunningham | 25 June, 2018, 22:29

Former Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen feels the team has to be physically strong when they face Australia.

Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box.

"We're absolutely delighted with the support the Socceroos are getting at home", Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said.

But, eight minutes before halftime, the Socceroos were presented with the flawless opportunity to equalise when - following confirmation with the Video Assistant Referee - they were awarded a penalty after Mathew Leckie's header was blocked by Yussuf Poulsen with his hand.

Denmark came out 3-1 winners and 2-0 winners in the first and last of these games, whilst Australia narrowly won 1-0 in 2010.

Denmark come into the clash on a high after managing to grind out a 1-0 win over Peru in their World Cup opener on Saturday and they will be hoping to build momentum with another win, which would put them on six points at the top of the group.

With seven minutes gone, Tottenham midfielder Eriksen showed sublime technique to finish after Nicolai Jørgensen's neat lay-off in the area.

It never came, leaving the Socceroos to depart the raucous stadium to a standing ovation but just one point from their two games. The Socceroos were quickly into their strde after the restart, only for Pione Sisto to curl just wide of Ryan's goal.

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Poulsen, who has now conceded penalties in successive games in Russian Federation, complained that there was little he could to get his hand out of the way of Mathew Leckie's header.

Win or draw, and they'll remain a chance of advancing. However, they did give a lot of risky set- pieces away for France, and Denmark will be looking to capitalise on this, where the expertise of Christian Eriksen can come into play.

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Andrew Nabbout's game ended prematurely when he fell and suffered what looked like a dislocated shoulder, the Urawa Reds front man replaced by Tomi Juric.

"Everything is still to play for, we're still in a good position with four points and we need to stay there", he told reporters. We have to play and get more chances.

"I think you have to remember we are human beings as well as footballers", said Schmeichel.

"From the first day the team has improved every day and they surprised me today again". The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one goal more than the opponent.

Better finishing - and just a third World Cup win in the nation's history - will be required if the Socceroos are to beat Peru.