FIFA World Cup 2018: Australia rescues draw against Denmark by 1-1

Updated on: Jun 21, 2018 7:59 pm IST

Venue: Samara Arena

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Denmark     –     Australia

        1          –           1


Ball possession

Denmark    –  Australia

      46%           –       54%


Denmark – Starting XI (4-2-3-1)

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K.Schmeichel, H.Dalsgaard, S.Kjaer, A.Chistensen, J.Larsen, L.Schone, T.Delaney,Y.poulsen, C.Eriksen, P.Sisto, N.Jorrgensen


Australia – Starting XI (4-4-1-1)

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M.Ryan, A.Behich, M.Milligan, T.Sainsbury, J.Risdon, R.Kruse, M.Jedinak, A.Mooy, M.Leckie, T.Rogic, A. Nabbout

Story before the match

  1. This is the fourth time when Denmark and Australia are facing each other in the international fixture.
  2. Australia had a bitter experience with the European opposition when it comes to playing against them; they have lost seven matches against European teams and only one win against Serbia.
  3. In World Cup, Australia had lost all their four matches while conceding two goals in each game.

First Half: Eriksen’s goal gave lead to Denmark

That was an early blow for Australians as they have got no clue of Christian Eriksen’s attack assisted by N. Jorgensen who hits the ball sweetly with his left foot to pass it on time to the captain. The captain scored a goal at the 7th minute of the game and lead was on the Europeans side once again. It was Christians 18th goal where he was directly involved, he scored 13 goals and assisted 5 so far in the world cup. Now Denmark was dominating the game, but at the 37th minute of the action Denmark’s midfielder Yussuf Poulsen was booked under the charge of Handball and here came a penalty for Australia. Mile Jeninak shot at the bottom right and saved the Australians  hope by equalising the score line 1-1.

Stats of the First Half

Denmark                                                Australia

5                      Shots                                    7

3                      Shots On-target                 1

46%                 Possession                       54%

4                      Fouls                                    4

1                     Corner                                   4

1                      Yellow card                         0


Second half:  Both are searching for a big relief

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At the 59th minute of the game Denmark replaced the RB Leipzig midfielder Yussuf Poulsen with Martin Braithwaite. Australia continuously attacking Denmark and their midfielder Tomas Rogic tried a shot on target which was it’s kind of first because Australia had never shot on target from outside the penalty area. Minutes after minutes, both teams were trying to score a goal to earn points on the table, but it was the defence of both the side which made it impossible to score. At the 75th minute of the action the only striker of Australia Nabbout fell awkwardly which led his shoulder dislocated, the treatment room was on work, he was taken out of the field and replaced by Tomi Juric. Match ended up by 1-1 which is a major blow for Australia.

Denmark                                   Australia

9                      Shots                          12   

4                      Shots On-target        4    

46%                 Possession              54%

7                      Fouls                            5

3                      Corner                         5

2                      Yellow card                0

Scenario of Group C-
Denmark is leading the pack now with 4 points. France is following Denmark with 3 points then Australia is placed with 1 point and in the end Peru at number four with zero points.


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