Denmark boosted their chances of advancing to the round of 16 at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Australia in a Group C clash in Samara on Thursday.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen’s stunning strike in the eighth minute gave the Danish side an early lead before Mile Jedinak drew Australia level from the spot seven minutes before the break.
Denmark had the first half-chance of the game in the second minute, but Thomas Delaney’s header off a Pione Sisto cross went wide of the Australia post.
Mathew Leckie also had a good chance to head Australia into the lead just three minutes later when an Aaron Mooy corner found the number seven, but he planted the ball over the crossbar.
Eriksen ensured the Danish side went ahead when he fired a powerful effort past Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan following an excellent flick from Nicolai Jorgensen.
But in the 38th minute, Jedinak scored his second goal from the penalty spot in the tournament after Robbie Kruse’s shot was blocked inside the Danish box by Yussuf Poulsen’s hands.
The referee had initially missed Poulsen’s handball inside the Denmark box, but VAR called for a review, and the decision was eventually given.
In the second half both teams tried to grab the winner but chances to seal the game.
Denmark moved to the top of the group on four points pending the outcome of the game involving France and Peru.
Australia are still third position with a single point. France, however, could rise to the summit – securing their spot in the knockout round in the process – if they beat Peru.