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Denmark will 'struggle' if Australia stop Christian Eriksen, says Michael Jakobsen

22 Juin 2018

Australia's midfielder Mile Jedinak (left) controls the ball under pressure from Denmark's forward Pione Sisto during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and Australia at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 21, 2018.

With seven minutes gone, Tottenham midfielder Eriksen showed sublime technique to finish after Nicolai Jørgensen's neat lay-off in the area.

Yet just as in their opening game, Australia were handed a route back into the match from the penalty spot, thanks to the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee.

Eriksen did not question the penalty decision but believes VAR should have been used to award Poulsen a free kick in the build-up to the handball. "When you see this game you must have confidence for the rest of the tournament", van Marwijk said. He has been on Australia's roster four World Cups, and could join an elite club with four other players who have scored in four straight editions of soccer's top tournament.

Jedinak, however, got Australia back into the game with his second penalty in Russian Federation, awarded following the intervention of the VAR, and the draw kept the Socceroos just about alive in the tournament.

It was the breakthrough everyone expected of Christian Eriksen.

Denmark beat Peru 1-0 in their first game and Hareide said he was pleased with their points haul.

"We expected it to be a very tough game and it was".

Despite not taking all three points, Denmark are in a solid position to claim a place in the knockout stages following France's narrow win over Peru on Thursday. The Danes were coming off a 1-0 victory over Peru on Saturday in Saransk.

A solid defensive display against France won Australia plaudits but Bert van Marwijk's men are on the ropes.

Australia have only reached the second phase of a World Cup once, in 2006 when a late Harry Kewell goal earned them a point in their final group game, putting them ahead of Croatia.

He had originally waved away Australian protests but, despite the ball seemingly hitting Poulsen's arm by accident from Leckie's header, Lahoz pointed to the spot and Jedinak obliged to tuck home the penalty. The likes of Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie, Tom Rogic, Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout got on with it, and gave Denmark quite a few scares before that penalty was awarded.

"We know he (Eriksen) is a fantastic player and obviously he's got a huge role to play for them", said Jedinak.

Denmark will 'struggle' if Australia stop Christian Eriksen, says Michael Jakobsen