An early thumping volley from Christian Eriksen in the seventh minute gave Denmark an early lead, but they were pegged back by a Mile Jedinak penalty, as it ended 1-1 at Samara Arena.
Denmark took the lead courtesy of a lovely Eriksen strike, but it was downhill for the Danes from there as Australia grew into the game, winning and converting a penalty through Jedinak that was given with the aid of VAR. Australia then dominated the second half, while Denmark struggled to create anything of note. The result keeps Australia’s hopes of progression just about alive, while Denmark take a little step towards securing their own place in the next round.
Denmark winger Yussuf Poulsen conceded his second penalty in as many games when video replays led to a decision of handball against him and Jedinak buried the ensuing spot-kick to earn Australia their first point of the tournament.
Bert van Marwijk’s side had to grind out a draw against a Denmark side who showed flashes of brilliance, none better than Christian Eriksen’s seventh-minute opener.
The result favours Danes more than Socceroos, and a win for France tonight against Peru will make their task of qualifying to next round very difficult. But they will be hoping Peru pull off an upset, and give them hope of progressing.