Dane's held by stubborn Socceroos
Posted: 21 June 2018 Time: 03:56 pm
A contentious VAR penalty call kept Australia's slim FIFA World Cup hopes alive as they played to a 1-1 draw with Denmark in an entertaining Group C encounter at the Samara Arena.
Denmark raced out the blocks with a cracking opening strike through attacking talisman Christian Eriksen as early as the seventh minute.
The technically gifted playmaker smashed home a super finish with his weaker left foot after a clever lay-off from striker Nicolai Jorgensen's left him free inside the area.
However, Australia captain Mile Jedinak leveled the scoring moments before the half-time break from the penalty spot after VAR awarded the side a penalty.
Yussuf Poulsen's close-range handball was analysed on video before the referee pointed to the spot, which appeared to be a similar scenario from the Iran call against Spain.
However, neither side were able to notch a winner in the second-half despite some enterprising attacking football.
The result leaves Denmark leading Group C ahead of France, who play later today against Peru.
Australia: Matthew Ryan; Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon; Robbie Kruse, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie; Tomas Rogic; Andrew Nabbout
Substitutes: James Meredith, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tim Cahill, Daniel Arzani, Tomi Juric, Dimitri Petratos, Jamie Maclaren, Brad Jones, Matthew Jurman, Milos Degenek, Danny Vukovic
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel; Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard; Thomas Delaney, Lasse Schone; Pione Sisto, Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Poulsen; Nicolai Jorgensen
Substitutes: Viktor Fischer, Andreas Cornelius, Kasper Dolberg, Zanka, Jonas Lossl, Lukas Lerager, Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Knudsen, Jannik Vestergaard, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Frederik Ronnow