Fri, Jun 22, 11:48am by Head Editor
Australia’s World Cup dreams are still alive after the Socceroos secured their first point of the tournament, with a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday night (AEST).
When Danish superstar Christian Eriksen found the back of the net in the seventh minute, Aussie hopes looked dashed but once again skipper Mile Jedinak came to the rescue from the penalty spot, equalising 38 minutes in.
This time the VAR system favoured the green and gold with the controversial technology called upon when Denmark winger Yussuf Poulsen was adjudged to have contact to the ball with his hand. The decision meant the 24 year old has now conceded a penalty in both his countries fixtures so far this campaign.
When Jedinak buried the ensuing spot-kick it seemed to swing the momentum back into Australia’s favour and that’s where it stayed for the majority of the second half and as coach Bert van Marwijk said after the match “After two games, we should have had four points”. The comment resonated with Socceroo fans all over the globe, who believe they have deserved more from the opening two fixtures.
The converted penalty for Australia also ended a run of nine hours and 31 minutes without conceding at international level for Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (571 minutes) but the gloveman and his teammates will be content with their tally of four points from two games, which puts them in a strong position to move into the second round.
Teenage sensation Daniel Arzani came onto the field in the 68th minute and had an immediate impact in his fourth match for Australia. His best moment came in the 81st minute when he beat one of Denmark’s most talented players, Pione Sisto, and then drove a delightful ball across the face of goal but unfortunately for his nation, there was no one on the end of it.
For Australia to leapfrog Denmark get to the Round of 16, the green and gold must beat Peru and hope Denmark lose to France by enough goals to overtake them on goal difference.
If the nation’s are locked on four points and equal on goal difference at the end of the final game, the tie breaker will then be goals scored followed by a tie breaker of FIFA’s fair play standings, which takes into yellow and red cards. Australia currently has three yellow cards to their name, with Denmark receiving four.
Denmark are $1.11 to qualify, with the Socceroos out at $6, while the odds for an Australian in their contest against Peru is $2.75, just behind the Peruvians, who stand at $2.55.
As you’d expect, Le Bleus are $1.17 to beat Denmark ($4.33) while a draw, which is the worst possible result for Australia is in at $2.60.
Both of the remaining Group C fixtures will kick-off at midnight on Tuesday AEST.
Final Round of Group C Matches
Australia $2.75 Draw $3.40 Peru $2.55
Denmark $4.33 Draw $2.60 France $1.17
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