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Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: AP 1:26PM 27 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Dalsgaard incidentally has been superb for Denmark. Bombing up and down the flank from right-back. His opposite number Risdon gets a cross in for Australia that Christensen heads away. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 1:24PM 25 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 How has he missed that? Jorgensen gets his head on Dalsgaard's superb right-wing cross but he somehow puts it wide at the near post. Huge chance for Denmark. 1:22PM 23 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Sisto, who's been bright for Denmark, makes space for a shot and stings Ryan's palms with a volley from range. It's a comfortable save though for the Australia goalkeeper. 1:19PM 20 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia make good progress down the left but Kruse's attempted cross deflects back off himself and out for a goal kick. 1:16PM 17 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia's gameplan seemed to be to try and contain Denmark and hit them on the break. Despite going behind they're still playing in a similar way, holding their shape as Denmark pass the ball around in front of them. Incidentally, look at how that Eriksen goal flew past Mathew Ryan. Credit: Getty Images 1:13PM 13 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia have responded well and forced a few corners. They do look dangerous from Mooy's delivery but Kasper Schmeichel has been untroubled thus far. Credit: AP 1:10PM 10 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Not sure there's been a better goal this tournament. The technique required to get that right and not slice the ball over...very few players in the wolrd besides Eriksen could have managed it. Denmark looking well placed to reach the last 16. 1:06PM GOOOOOOOOOAL! Denmark 1 Australia 0 (Eriksen 7') Sensational goal puts Denmark in front! Jorgensen flicks a pass into the path of Eriksen, who smashes a half-volley left-footed into the roof of the net. What a hit that was from the Tottenham man. Denmark 1 - 0 Australia (Christian Eriksen, 7 min) 1:06PM 6 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Swift Australia breakaway led by Leckie ends with Rogic getting a shot away from the edge of the box that's deflected wide for a corner. Mooy swings the corner in beautifully to Leckie, who meets it powerfully but sends his header over the bar. Should have got that on target. 1:04PM 4 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia are stroking the ball around in their own half. Each pass is met with an 'ole' by their very vocal supporters. 1:02PM 3 min Denmark 0 Australia 0 Australia forward Kruse gives away a free-kick straight away wide on the right. Eriksen whips it in dangerously for Denmark but Milligan heads clear. From the resulting corner Delaney (not the former Aston Villa defender) skews a header a few feet wide. 1:00PM Kick-off We're under way in Samara. All eyes on Christian Eriksen, and whether Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy can keep him at bay. A reminder of the teams for this one: Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. 12:53PM The players are out And lining up for the national anthems. 12:46PM VAR We've heard a lot about VAR over the last few days, but this is very nice from Al Tyers: The unintended consequences of VAR. Credit: Getty Images 12:28PM Permutations Denmark, who won their opener, will all but qualify with a win today. Australia, will pretty much be eliminated if they lose and a draw does them little good either. Now or never for the Socceroos (who apparently don't really like being called that). 12:13PM Here are the teams together - in tweet form The teams for #DENAUS are in! �� Score prediction?— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 21, 2018 12:08PM As is the Denmark team Denmark (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger; Delaney, Schöne; Poulsen, Eriksen, Sisto; Jorgensen. Just the one change for Denmark, as Lasse Schone comes in for the injured William Kvist in midfield. 12:03PM The Australia team is in Bert van Marwijk has named an unchanged team. Australia (4-2-3-1): Ryan; Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury; Mooy, Jedinak; Rogic, Leckie, Kruse; Nabbout. Tim Cahill is on the bench. Excited for today's game against Denmark. Our fans are here in force and we really appreciate the support from back in Australia as well. Big games are the best games to be a part of so let's embrace today and make it count. Always #FEARLESSpic.twitter.com/6z63qYTEbQ— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 21, 2018 11:41AM Predict the score This is really cool. Tell us what you think will be the key factors in today's game and our clever machine will tell you what the score will be. Personally, I'm expecting a 2-0 Denmark win. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game 11:30AM Will Aussies rule? The 2018 World Cup continues on Thursday with Denmark, who fortuitously scraped past Peru 1-0 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, against Group C rivals Australia, who were unlucky to lose 2-1 to France a few hours earlier. For Australia, today will pose a different challenge from the weekend. Against France they were dogged in defence - expertly marshalled by Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury - and had Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy snapping away at French heels in front of them. The tactic was to contain and frustrate France, and hope to land a sucker punch from set pieces. It very nearly worked. This afternoon though will require a more proactive approach because Australia will be staring at elimination if they fail to win. Denmark on the other hand can afford to be more reactive - as they were against Peru - and rely on the creativity of Christian Eriksen to unlock the Australian defence on the counter. With Kasper Schmeichel on a run of five consecutive clean sheets for Denmark, they may well only need a single goal to claim the win that would all but send them to the last 16. Australia prepare for today's game in traditional style Credit: AFP Ahead of the match, Australia manager Bert van Marwijk suggested Denmark would have no qualms about playing direct. "They are physical," Van Marwijk told reporters on Wednesday. "The French they are more creative and have a lot of speed. The Danish can also play football and want to play football but when they don't see a solution they kick the ball as far as possible." Denmark manager Age Hareide meanwhile acknowledged yesterday that Australia's game-plan will revolve around stopping Eriksen. "Christian is a player who can change matches and we try to get him involved as much as we can," Hareide said. "The opponents, they are going to be very cautious and careful about him, but he is used to that, isn’t he, from the Premier League. We hope that we will get him up to a good level and that he will be able to show good things at this World Cup." We'll be getting the team news at 12pm, if not before, and will very generously share it with you as soon as we have it.
Australia keep World Cup hopes alive against Denmark after VAR awards controversial penalty
Australia kept their World Cup hopes alive as a contentious penalty awarded using VAR technology earned them a 1-1 draw with Group C rivals Denmark. Christian Eriksen had put Denmark ahead with a well-taken strike, only for Mile Jedinak to level from the penalty spot and secure a draw. Both sides can still advance into the knockout stages with one game remaining but it was VAR which once again took centre stage at the Samara Arena. Jedinak, who scored from the spot in the opening defeat to France, converted from 12 yards after VAR helped Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz judge that Yussuf Poulsen had handled in the box. Peru missed a VAR-awarded penalty against the Danes in their first game, while Australia will feel justice has been served after they conceded a debatable penalty following video replays in the loss to France. It was Eriksen who got the ball rolling for Denmark, their talisman on hand to thrash home Nicolai Jorgensen's flick from just inside the penalty area. The European side continued to dominate most of the early proceedings, with Australia only having a number of set-pieces which failed to truly test Kasper Schmeichel. Celta's Pione Sisto's long-range strike was well-held by Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as Denmark led at the midway point of the first-half. The lead should have been doubled by Jorgensen but the Feyenoord forward headed wide from in front of goal. Australia created a rare chance following good work from Mathew Leckie, whose low cross resulted in a blocked shot from Robbie Kruse. Australia celebrate their equaliser Credit: Getty Images The video assistant referee then played a part in Australia's equaliser as match official Lahoz took a look at a handball claim against Poulsen. He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. Trent Sainsbury was lucky not to turn the ball into his own goal as an Eriksen free-kick hit the defender and bounced goalwards, only for Ryan to claim. The goal seemed to galvanise the belief among the Australian players, who started the second half well on top. Christian Eriksen fired Denmark in front with a stunning strike Credit: REUTERS Neither side could create a meaningful goalscoring opportunity as the half wore on, Aaron Mooy firing wide with 20 minutes remaining before Tom Rogic forced a low save from Schmeichel. Sisto went close at the other end, while Australia striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a serious-looking shoulder injury. Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the finals, came off the bench and tested Schmeichel before Leckie also brought another stop from the Leicester goalkeeper. That was the last meaningful action of the contest, with both nations having to settle for a share of the spoils which maintains their respective hopes of making it out of Group C and into the knockout stages. Via PA. 3:18PM Onto the next one Both Denmark and Australia will be watching the Group C match between France and Peru that kicks off at 5pm. A France win would all but eliminate Australia and send Denmark through. 3:03PM BVM speaks The Australia manager Bert van Marwijk said after the game: "After two games we should have four points. We deserved it. We didn’t lose but we had chances to win. The first part of the game we were not convinced we could play against them, then they saw the solution and from then on we controlled the game and Denmark were afraid of us. We were not lucky. I cannot blame them. They gave everything, they played very well." Credit: AP 2:59PM A wasted opportunity for Australia Bert van Marwijk will be pleased with the way his team battled back after going behind but really Denmark were there for the taking. As it is, Australia will have to beat Peru in their last game and hope other results go their way. 2:55PM What that all means Denmark top the group with four points, while Australia are third with one point. The Aussies will be hoping France can beat Peru later this afternoon. A win for Peru or a high scoring draw would send Australia to the bottom of the group. 2:51PM Full-time: Denmark 1 Australia 1 The final whistle goes. It finishes Denmark 1 (Eriksen 7') Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 38'). Credit: Getty Images 2:49PM 90+3 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark force a corner that Eriksen takes. Is this the moment for Denmark? Not quite. Braithwaite's volley is weak and straight into Ryan's grateful arms. 2:48PM 90+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Eriksen hits a volley from about 25 yards but unusually for him his technique isn't quite right and he drags it a few yards wide. Three minutes of time to be added on. 2:46PM 90 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 A Schmeichel double save keeps Australia out! First he beats away an Arzani effort from a tight angle before holding onto a Leckie volley that lacked conviction. Denmark survive. 2:45PM 88 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really are extremely well-organised. Denmark are really struggling to create anything. And when Delaney does finally find himself in space, he completely messes up the cross. Credit: AP 2:41PM 85 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Braithwaite looks to have joined Cornelius up front as Denmark move to a 4-4-2 in search of a winner. Sisto meanwhile picks up a yellow card for disputing an Australia free-kick. 2:39PM 82 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia make another change - Rogic of, Irvine on. Like for like as one attacking midfielder replaces another. 2:37PM 79 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark's bright start feels like an age ago now. Australia are well on top, and Leckie should do better from Arzani's excellent inswinging cross but he ends up shouldering the ball. Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:33PM 76 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Leckie twists and turns and fires in a shot that's deflected safely into Schmeichel's arms. Leckie's been great for Australia this half. Credit: REUTERS 2:31PM 75 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Terrible blow for Australia as Nabbout suffers a serious-looking injury while challenging for the ball. It looks like a dislocated shouler. Nabbout is in absolute agony. Jurics come on to replace him. 2:30PM 73 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Another Australia effort. Rogic curls an effort in from the edge of the box that's easily saved by Schmeichel. Denmark's Sisto then skews an effort just wide of the far post from about 25 yards out. In between times, Cornelius looked to have had his shirt pulled in the box but nothing doing from the referee. 2:28PM 71 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia really on top all of a sudden. Mooy smashes a shot in from about 25 yards that swerves just over Schmeichel's crossbar. Denmark rocking. 2:27PM 70 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia very close to taking the lead as Schmeichel drops a cross that lands at Leckie's feet. Leckie smashes the ball across goal but Dalsgaard makes an excelllent clearance from under his own bar. Both sides make a substitution. Denmark replace Jorgensen with former Cardiff striker Cornelius. Australia take off Kruse off for the highly-rated youngster Arzani. Credit: REUTERS 2:24PM 67 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Same pattern again. Denmark get to about 25 yards out but run out of ideas and can get no further. Even Eriksen looks suddenly bereft of invention. 2:22PM 65 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sisto and Jorgensen try to combine down the Denmark left, but they get absolutely no change from the Aussie defence and eventually the ball runs out for a goal kick. 2:19PM 62 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Rogic does brilliantly to absolutely school Christensen with a nifty bit of close control. Luckily for Denmark, Kjaer covers for his fellow centre-back and nips in to intercept Rogic's pass meant for Leckie. 2:16PM 59 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia break dangerously again, with Kruse and Leckie to the fore. But the move ends with another weak cross into the box. Denamrk make a change - Poulsen, whose booking rules him out of Denmark's game against France, goes off for Braithwaite. Credit: AFP 2:13PM 56 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia again get into a dangerous position but this time Risdon's cross is overhit and flies harmlessly out of play. There are definitely chances in this for Australia (and indeed Denmark). Denmark vs Australia shots on goal 2:11PM 54 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Now it's Australia's turn to almost take the lead. An excellent move down the left ends with a Behich cross that is just too strong for Leckie. An open start to the second half. 2:09PM 51 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark very nearly reclaim their lead as Jorgensen beautifully flicks a pass into the path of Sisto, who curls a shot just wide of the near post. 2:05PM 48 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Australia begin the half on the front foot, but Leckie overruns the ball for a Denmark goal kick. No changes for either side personnel or tactics-wise at half time. 2:02PM 46 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 We're back under way in Samara. Credit: AFP 1:59PM Penalty or not? The VAR debate rages in the ITV studio, as referee Mark Clattenburg says he doesn't think it should have been an Australia penalty. 1:51PM Denmark 1 Australia 1 at half-time A really enjoyable first half. Eriksen put Denmark ahead with one of the goals of the tournament, before Australia battled back and just about deservedly scored an equaliser after another VAR intervention. The draw suits Denmark more than it does Australia, but it would be a surprise if Bert van Marwijk deviated from his counter-attacking tactics. Credit: AP 1:48PM You are the VAR Like what you saw there? Have a go at being the VAR yourself. test - do not delete 1:47PM Half-time All square at the break. A very entertaining first half. 1:45PM 45+1 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Two minutes of time to be added on. Credit: Getty Images 1:44PM 45 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Sainsbury claims he is pushed over in the box, but the referee waves away the appeals. No VAR consultation this time. 1:43PM 44 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Here's the handball incident, as Australia pump a few more crosses into the box that are well dealt with by the Danish defence. Credit: AP 1:42PM 43 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 Denmark so nearly back in front! Eriksen's low free-kick from the right evades everyone until Sainsbury inadvertently knocks the ball towards his own goal. Thankfully for Australia the deflection takes the ball straight into goalkeeper Ryan's arms. That could have gone anywhere. This game has really livened up. 1:40PM 41 min Denmark 1 Australia 1 That goal ends Schmeichel's run of five consecutive clean sheets, and Denmark look rattled. Rogic gallops forward down the right and clips in a cross that just evades Leckie. 1:39PM GOOOOOOAAAL! Denmark 1 Australia 1 (Jedinak pen 39') Jedinak scored a penalty against France in Australia's opening World Cup game and will take this one. Schmeichel is chirping away at him. Can Jedinak hold his nerve? Yes he can! The Aussie captain sends Schmeichel the wrong way, rolling the ball to the keeper's left. We're level in Samara! 1:37PM 37 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 The referee gives a penalty and books Poulsen for handball! Big decision, that looked very borderline. 1:36PM 36 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia force another corner, and again Leckie meets it but his effort is blocked. Was there a handball from a Danish defender? VAR is being consulted! 1:31PM 32 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 That's better from Australia. Leckie does brilliantly down the right and tees up Kruse for a shot about 12 yards out that's blocked on its way to goal. Probably the closest Australia have come to scoring. 1:29PM 30 min Denmark 1 Australia 0 Australia are getting a bit of joy down the flanks but they're just lacking that bit of quality to turn that into chances. Set-pieces look like being their most likely route to goal. Credit: