The Socceroos remain alive at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Denmark in Samara on Thursday night.
In another rousing performance in Russia, the Socceroos recovered from falling behind inside seven minutes before showing great resolve to get back into the contest before half-time as skipper Mile Jedinak scored the equaliser via a penalty.
Australia dominated the second-half as they pushed for the winner that would blow Group C wide open but were unable to make their opportunities count.
It means the Socceroos will need to win their final match against Peru next week and hope other results go their way if they are to progress to the knockout phase.
The match started in dramatic fashion with the Danes, taking an early lead through their superstar Christian Eriksen.
A brilliant lay-off from Nikolai Jorgensen saw the Tottenham star blast a fantastic volley high into the net.
Australia eventually found their feet and hit-back eight minutes before the break from the penalty spot.
This time the VAR worked in the Socceroos’ favour, spotting a handball in the box, with Jedinak again making no mistake from the spot to level the scores and send the huge contingent of Aussie fans into raptures.
It was Jedinak’s third goal at a FIFA World Cup™ and was his 12th successful penalty in a row for the Socceroos.
It was end-to-end action in the second-half with the Socceroos creating most of the chances but were either wasteful in their finishing or found Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel in excellent form.
All focus now switches to Wednesday morning’s (midnight AEST) final group match against Peru in Sochi.
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