Denmark and Australia neutralized each other (1-1) on Thursday in Samara, giving France the chance to qualify in its second match, provided it won. After a good start, Denmark did not keep pace and let the Australians come back to the scoreboard.
This is a result that is more the business of the Blues. In the event of a win over Peru (5: 00 p.m.), the Tricolores will have their ticket to the round of 16 after the draw between Denmark and Australia on Thursday in Samara (1-1).
Despite a start close to perfection, Christian Eriksen’s teammates could not resist the return of the Australians, who were close to winning at the end of the game. The Danes temporarily took first place in the pool with Four points. But France, in addition to holding its qualification, would be alone in front with a success against the Peruvians (17h) and in a favourable position to keep this position of leader before fighting with Denmark.
It’s hard to tell which team will have the most regrets. Denmark will have to save some for not having been able to build on its excellent start to the match. More aggressive, more disciplined, the men of Age Hareide put all the ingredients to put Australia immediately under the extinguisher. Adding efficiency. On a smart rematch by Nicolai Jorgensen, Christian Eriksen put the ball under the bar to allow the Danes to open the scoring on their first opportunity (1-0, 7′).
Schmeichel saves Denmark
But Denmark failed to capitalize, as did a shot by Pione Sisto repulsed by Matthew Ryan (22′) and an uncalmed Jorgensen head (24′). And Australia is back in color after the first half hour. By showing some qualities in the game, but especially by exploiting its main asset, the set pieces. As against France, she got a penalty, after using the VAR, on a hand of Yussuf Poulsen in a duel with Mathew Leckie on a corner. And as against France, Mile Jedinak didn’t tremble when it came to equalizing (1-1, 36′).
The Danes never really gave the impression that they were getting over it. They failed to regain control of their game. And Australia didn’t miss much to take advantage of in the latter part of the game. Denmark relied on its imperial goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ahead of Tom Rogic (72′), Leckie (76′, 88′) and Daniel Arzani (88′) to ensure that the underperformance did not become a catastrophe. But this result may leave even more regret for Australia, whose chances of qualifying now appear slim.