Australia halts Denmark, draws 1-1

Mazino Dickson

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Australia’s socceroos held Denmark to a 1-1 draw in a group B match of the FIFA World Cup in Russia Thursday afternoon.

The match always had a feel of an English premier league encounter, and it was no surprise that the game’s outcome was influenced by English-based players – and of course VAR!

The Danish dynamites resumed their scoring business when captain Christian Eriksen fired home past Australian keeper Ryan in the 7th minute.

The Australians rallied and used their physique and pace to trouble the Scandinavians.

It was no surprise when the pressure from the boys from down under forced Yusuf Poulsen’s hand touched the ball.

Nobody saw it, not even the referee.

But VAR is now becoming the talking point of this world cup, indicting Poulsen for a foul.

Mell Jedinak slotted the resultant penalty in the 39th minute to send Australian fans into delirium.

The second half was a ding-dong affair with the Danes eventually tiring out and Aussie midfielder Aaron Mooy dominating the midfield.

Unfortunately Australia just could not find the breakthrough despite youngster Arzani forcing a terrific save by Danish keeper Schmiechel in the dying minutes.

Australia will have to finish-off Peru in their last match, while the Danes wait to see what happens when France face the South Americans later on Thursday.

There’s still a lot to play for.