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Australia Records crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup

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Mile Jedinak scored from the spot-kick to bring Australia from behind to draw 1-1 with Denmark in a Group C clash at the 2018 World Cup.

A win for Denmark would have moved them to within touching distance of the knockout stage, but Jedinak’s 38th-minute penalty following a VAR review saw the points shared.

Denmark now moves to the top of the group with four points, with Australia still third on a single point. France, on the other hand, will rise to the summit – securing their spot in the round of 16 in the process – if they beat Peru later today.

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk used the same XI that started against France last time out, while Denmark’s team had just a single change from their 1-0 win over Peru – Lasse Schone replaced the injured William Kvist.

VAR ruled that Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen handled Matthew Leckie’s shot with a penalty controversially being awarded

Sisto tested Ryan with a long-range shot in the 22nd minute as Denmark looked for a second, before Jorgensen in some way headed a Henrik Dalsgaard cross wide of the post from close range.

Robbie Kruse then had a strike that was blocked inside the Denmark box following smart work from Leckie in the 30th minute, but Australia were level from the spot-kick in the 38th minute.

The referee had at first missed a Poulsen handball inside the Denmark box, but VAR called for a replay, and the decision was given in the end. Jedinak scored a penalty against France, and the Aston Villa midfielder also made no slip-up in this game as he put the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.

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

Denmark will conclude their Group C campaign against France on June 26, while Australia who are hopeful of still qualifying will play against Peru on the same day.

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