Group C Match Review: Denmark 1-1 Australia

Christian Eriksen scored his 23rd international goal for Denmark as the Danes played out a 1-1 draw with Australia. It was a great game with both teams producing great end to end play.

After this result, its all down to the last game to see who progresses to the knockout phase. Australia faces Peru and Denmark comes up against a very tough French side. I don’t really think Denmark have the quality to beat the French. Australia have a great chance of progressing to the round of 16 as they have the better players than Peru and play better football.
Denmark started the game on the front foot, creating chances here and there. Thomas Delaney directed a header wide with only two minutes on the clock. It easily could have been 1-0. Australia held on and had the ball up in Denmarks half, a superb ball played into Leckie who couldn’t keep his header down.
The deadlock broke in the seventh minute. The ball came into Nicolai Jorgensen who held the ball up with great skill, flicked the ball to Christian Eriksen who drove it home with his left foot. Eriksen put plenty of pace on the shot leaving goalkeeper Mat Ryan with no chance. This was Eriksen’s 23rd international goal for Denmark.
Denmark could have easily made it 2-0 ten minutes later when Dalsgaard played a superb ball to the head of Jorgensen who put his header wide.
Australia equalised with the help of VAR. Yussuf Poulsen handled the ball in the box. At first the referee didn’t give the penalty but the VAR officials spotted the handball. In my opinion it was a very harsh decision as it wasn’t intentional from Poulsen. Mile Jedinak calmly slotted the penalty into the bottom right hand corner of the goal making the game all square. Both teams went into half time at 1-1.
The second half was dull until the 70th minute when the game started to liven up again. There was end to end stuff from both teams. The Australia defence held together and defended superbly.
Plenty of shots were going in and Australia were clearly the dominant side. In the dying embers of the game, Hertha Berlins Mathew Leckie forced Kaspar Schmeichal to make a tremendous save, keeping the scoreline at 1-1. Kaspar Schmeichal was the more busier goalkeeper in this game. It was a brilliant game of football to watch, the game ended 1-1.
Tactical Analysis
Australia played their usual 4-2-3-1 where as Denmark played a 4-3-3. Australia was playing a pressing game putting immense pressure on the Danes, forcing them into making mistakes. The Aussie fullbacks overlapped and the wingers cut in and looked to have a shot or if there were no space, they’d look to cross the ball. Aaron Mooy created most of the plays for Australia.
Denmark played very passive and sprayed the ball around a lot. Eriksen was their main playmaker. Wingers Poulsen and Sisto caused constant problems for the Australian fullbacks with their great skill. They confused the full backs and had very quick feet. A few times when Sisto had ball control, he calmed down the game with his great hold up play.

My Man Of The Match:

I would give man of the match to Mathew Leckie. He caused major problems for the Danish defence and created a few chances. He could of won the game for Australia in the end but was denied by Schmeichal

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