Denmark, Australia share the spoils


Captain Mile Jedinak rode to Australia's World Cup rescue with a penalty to cancel out Christian Eriksen's superb opener for Denmark, securing a 1-1 draw on Thursday that ensured Group C would go down to the wire. We have a few players who are at a higher level than them if you look at the squads player by player. "The next game is another game, but it gives us confidence", he said. "I have no influence on the rest so I do not think about it".

Once again, Australia's performance did not match the result, a harsh reality of World Cup football that the Socceroos know all too well.

It was not much longer before the match saw its first goal as the Danes managed to produce a counter-attack that saw Nicolai Jorgensen flick the ball into the path of Eriksen, who buried the ball home with his left foot in the seventh minute.

Having got back into the game, Australia seemed imbued with a renewed sense of belief, surging forward whenever they could and roared on by the vast array of green and gold clad fans in the Samara Arena.

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Peru played without fear, outpossessing France and creating nearly as many scoring chances as its highly touted opponent. Argentina , who sit joint-second in Group D will close their group stage against Nigeria after facing off with Croatia .

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel attempted to intimidate Jedinak before the penalty by approaching and shouting at him, but those attempts failed.

Bert van Marwijk's team lacked the compactness and composure they showed in the early stages of their game against France on Sunday and it was hardly a surprise when the Scandinavians took the lead in the 7th minute through their star player.

Both managers made changes in the 68th minute, with Andres Cornelius entering the field for Denmark, while 19-year-old Daniel Arzani was introduced for Australia.

The Socceroos, meanwhile, went down 2-1 against France in Kazan, so are fighting to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

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He added: "Somebody told me a long time ago - they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. The first question is who should the third star be, and which teams are in a position to trade one?

"We had chances to win and we deserved to win, so I'm disappointed", the Dutchman said. The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one goal more than the opponent.

Andrew Nabbout suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in what is likely to be a heartbreaking end to his World Cup campaign.

Schmeichel beat away an effort from Lazani and held another strike by Leckie as Australia were unable to find the winning goal their increasing pressure had threatened.

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The winning goal came at the end of a drab second half in which Tunisia defended deep and nullified England's attack. The opening twenty minutes of the game England's movement was great and caused problems for Tunisia .