Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the FIFA World Cup Group D match between Australia and Denmark, happening at the Al Janoub stadium.
And that is it!! Australia is through to the round of 16!! Leckie goal is the difference between the two teams!! The Socceroos get into the knockouts after 16 years!!
Yet another corner for Denmark. Eriksen delivers it and it is a well placed cross. Cornelius attempts a header and it is agonisingly close as it lands above the goal post.
Corner for Denmark and this could well be the last chance to score. Schmeichel is inside the Danish penalty box but the cross comes directly to Ryan.
Six added minutes
Leckie OUT, Hrustic IN
Australia taking things slow as it wants to waste as much time as it needs. A win here will put Arnold’s side into the knockouts
Duke OUT, Mclaren IN
Into the final 10 minutes of the match and as it stands, Australia will have a shot at the knockouts. If it manages to do it, it will qualify for the round of 16 for the first time since 2006
Cornelius takes a long range shot but it gets bounced back to Bah. The number 26 takes a weak shot but Ryan grabs it with ease
Robert Skov is booked for his sliding tackle on Alexander Bah
Mcgree OUT; Bailey Wright IN
Decent chance for Denmark as Skov makes a good run on the left. He whips out a lofted cross, the ball is met by Cornelius who heads it well wide
Referee gives the penalty for a foul on Dolberg but the linesman rises the flag for offside. What a moment for the Socceroos!
Olsen OUT, Skov IN; Maehle OUT, Cornelius IN
Corner for Denmark and Eriksen takes it. A badly placed ball is headed away by Degenek for a goal kick
The goal has put Australia in the driver’s seat. The Socceroos have been aggressive since they came into this half and that has paid the dividends for Graham Arnold’s men
AUSTRALIAAA!!! LECKIE PUTS AUSTRALIA AHEAD!! A brilliant solo work from the number 7. He decieves Maehle twice before moving past him and slotting thre ball into the right corner as Schmeichel can only watch!
Braithwaite OUT, Dolberg IN; Jensen OUT, Damsgaard IN
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Free kick for Denmar and Eriksen takes it. But nothing comes off it
Milos Degenek is booked for his tackle on Lindstrom
Bowles is down and looks like he’s in pain. Olsen from outside the box lashes out a shot that hits Bowles right on his chest. But the defender is quick to rub off the injury
Dangerous counter from Denmark. Lindstrom at the edge of the box tries a through ball but the pass is intercepted
Immediate pressure from Australia. McGree cuts the ball to Irvine inside the box but the latter’s shot goes well wide of the post
Rasmus Kristensen OUT, Alexander Bah IN
Susbtitution for Australia: Craig Goodwin OUT, Keanu Baccus IN
With that comes an end to the first 45 minutes. Both Australia and Denmark have the chance to reach knockouts.
Dangerous developments from the Australian attack. Mooy on the left receives the ball and puts in a low cross but the ball is cleared off any danger by Andersen
Two added minutes
Australia gets a throw inside the Denmark half. Degenek puts in the throw inside the penalty box but Kristensen heads it away
Duke in the centre gets a through ball. Takes a couple of steps to his left and takes the shot well outside the box but it doesn’t trouble Schmeichel. A wasted attempt
An error from Maehle leads to an Australian attack. McGree capitalises and runs through the right lane and puts in a searching low cross but Hojbjerg is there to kick it away
Worrying sign for the Danes - Denmark is winless in its last five World Cup games (D4 L1), since beating Peru on MD1 of the 2018 tournament.
Andersen on the left, whips out a lofted long ball to Olsen on the right in an attempt to change the passage of play but the ball proves too fast as Olsen fails to control it
What an attack from Denmark. Although nothing comes off it, Hjulmand’s side has been attacking a regular intervals, testing the defense. This time, Eriksen starts the attack with a cheeky little backheel to find Hijbejerg. Lindstrom eventually gets the ball on the left flank. He puts in a cross but Ryan deflects it away
With 20 minutes to go for th half-time, the game is equally poised. The biggest chances of the game came to denmark but its attack has failed to turn up.
Brilliant run from Mehle yet again. He runs into the left flank but is intercepted by Soutter
Corner for Denmark as Olsen was challenged and the ball went outside. Eriksen takes it quickly and picks Olsen, who lashes out a lofted cross. But the ball brushes past a jumping Braithwaite.
Absolute chaos inside the Australian penalty box. The Socceroos defense is being tested to the limits. Maehle gets a wonderful long ball on the left flank and he runs into the six yard box and puts in a cross. Matt Ryan struggles but kicks the ball away somehow. Denmark attack should’ve done better there!
Denmark in the attack yet again. Kristensen-Maehle link up builds the pressure. Maehle finally whips a lofted ball but none of the red jerseys are there to recieve it. Degenek clears the ball finally
Skov Olsen!! What a chance! He gets the ball inside the six yard box. Takes a couple of steps and let one fly. But the ball goes well wide!!
Corner for Denmar and the captain takes it. Eriksen whips a lofted ball but it is headed away by the Australian defense
Denmark right back at it. Jensen initiates the attack to find Hojbjerg on the right. The Tottenham man then puts in a searching low cross that picks Lindstrom who hits it straight to Matt Ryan
Chance for something to happen for Australia. Mooy gets the ball from Ryan and picks a running Duke. Duke runs deep into the left flank before dishing out a cross that is eventually blocked
An attack brewing on the left for Denmark finally. Lindstrom makes a good dribble passing two defenders and picks Maehle who puts is a cross but Matt Ryan grabs it before Braithwaite can capitalise
Behich gets booked for pulling the shirt of Skov Olsen
Australia gets a shot at breakthrough. Leckie gets the ball in the middle, just outside the box and takes a shot. But the ball gets deflected off his teammate Bowles. Eriksen eventually clears the danger
Eriksen starts the proceedings as the games gets off the mark
Mustapha Ghorbal of Algeria will officiate the match
The players make their way into the middle from the tunnel and it’s time for national anthems. Australia’s anthem plays first shortly followed by Denmark’s anthem.
Winner-gets-all - This is the second meeting between Australia and Denmark at the FIFA World Cup, following a 1-1 draw in the group stage of the competition last time out in 2018.
Meanwhile - Australia has won just one of its four meetings with Denmark in all competitions (D1 L2), winning a friendly match 1-0 in June 2010.
Stat attack - Australia has lost eight of its 11 World Cup games against European sides (W1 D2), failing to keep a clean sheet in all 11 matches. However, one of the three times it avoided defeat was against Denmark (1-1 in 2018).
Australia is looking to spark something special in a country where football often takes a backseat by reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup via its final Group D match against Denmark on Wednesday.
It is 16 years since a golden generation of players first got Australia got out of the group stage at the World Cup and forward Mathew Leckie said he hoped the 2022 vintage could produce something similar.
“We’ve always believed that we can create something special,” Leckie told a news conference on Tuesday.
“When the Socceroos got out of the group in ‘06 I was a proud fan and now we have the opportunity to be players and do that.
“We saw how proud it makes the people back home. So we’re doing it for the country, for ourselves, for our friends, for our family and that’s motivation in itself.”
The round-ball game ranks fourth in the football code pecking order Down Under behind Australian Rules and the two variations of rugby.
There was, however, an outpouring of joy in Australia when the Socceroos beat Tunisia 1-0 to claim their first World Cup finals win in 12 years on Saturday.
Coach Graham Arnold, who was an assistant to Guus Hiddink for the 2006 campaign in Germany, said a reminder of what reaching the knockout stages could mean for the game would be sitting in the Australia dressing-room on Wednesday.
“They were 10 years of age watching those guys do what they did in 2006. And those guys were their inspiration,” he said.
“That’s the whole purpose ... it’s about the game in Australia ... to leave a legacy is huge.”
Australia needs to upset the odds and beat the Danes to guarantee a place in the last 16, but a draw would suffice if Tunisia is unable to beat already qualified France in the other group match.
Arnold spent as little time talking about the Danes or the permutations as he politely could but was crystal clear about one thing.
“I’ve never coached to play for a draw, it’s all about winning,” he said.
“In ‘06 we got one win and one draw, our ambition is to get two wins and get the most wins at one World Cup.”
Arnold said there was still a question mark over right back Nathanial Atkinson, who missed the Tunisia match with an ankle injury, but that midfielder Ajdin Hrustic was available to start at the Al Janoub Stadium.
“We can create something special as the ‘06 team did,” Leckie added.
“But in saying that, when we won the other night, the first thing that was said was ‘we haven’t really done anything yet because there’s still another game to go’. And without a result tomorrow, it all means nothing.”
When is the FIFA World Cup match between Australia and Denmark?
The FIFA World Cup Group D match between Australia and Denmark will start at 8:30pm IST on November 30 at the Al Janoub stadium.
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