Denmark v Australia, Group C, 21 June 2018

Australia captain Mile Jedinak hammered in a 38th-minute penalty for handball awarded by the VAR to draw the Socceroos level at 1-1 with Denmark during the World Cup Group C match in Samara on Thursday.

Denmark had started the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Peru and took the lead in their second fixture against Australia through Christian Eriksen's stunning early strike.

The Danes said before the game that they were keen on getting back to the free-flowing football that has characterised the team.

"I know Eriksen, because I already saw him in Holland and also a lot of time in Tottenham", said the Dutchman, who guided his nation to the 2010 World Cup final where they lost to Spain.

With the result, Denmark is up to four points in the group, while Australia has one.

Fans watching live broadcasts in Denmark became increasingly agitated as the game went on, with a number of 50-50 decisions perceived as being given in favour of the Australians.

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.

Australia's response was impressive but with just one point from two games the Socceroos' chances of advancing in Russian Federation now appear slim.

Jedinak, who had scored a penalty in Australia's first match against France, stepped up to fire past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the 38th minute. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns.

Australia began the second half in bright style but were nearly behind again after 51 minutes when neat build-up play resulted in a chance for Sisto, whose snap-shot went wide.

That was Kruse's last involvement and his replacement, Daniel Arzani, played a key role in wave after wave of Australia attacks in a 25-minute spell that deserved at least one goal.

Andrew Nabbout's game ended prematurely when he fell and suffered what looked like a dislocated shoulder, the Urawa Reds front man replaced by Tomi Juric.

Rogic was heavily involved in Australia's push for a victor in the second half, and tested Leicester City man Schmeichel but could not find the elusive goal.

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