Denmark moved a step closer to qualifying for round of 16 after playing a 1-1 draw with Australia in a Group B match in FIFA World Cup 2018 on Wednesday.
The draw also keeps Aussies hopes alive as its future hinges on the outcome of France-Peru game.
Cynosure of all eyes today were Christian Eriksen of Denmark and skipper Jedinak of Australia. They not only scored the goals for their respective teams today but also kept chances of qualification for knockout round alive.
Interestingly while the qualifiers from group A have now been known, it is all open in group “B” where different permutations and combinations are being talked about.
Going by history, Australia has never won after conceding lead in last six World Cup encounters. Though they did not win after conceding lead in the seventh minute to a brilliant run of play by Christian Eriksen, the Aussies came back strongly and scored their second successive penalty goal to share honours and points with their European opponents.
The goal by Jedinak also happened to be his second. He had scored from a penalty against France in the first game. Incidentally it was the first goal conceded by Danish goalkeeper in six games. When Jedinak took the penalty, Kesper went in the wrong direction to defend.
Denmark not only dropped two points but will also go to the next game without Yousuf Poulsen who got his second yellow card. He also becomes the first player to concede two penalties in the World Cup since Milan Dudic in 2006.
Though all the action – goals – took place in the first half, the two teams fought gallantly for the elusive match winner without getting it.