It is matchday two in Group C of the FIFA World Cup 2018 as Denmark and Australia go head to head at the Cosmos Arena in Samara.
Denmark were at times on the ropes against Peru in their opening match, but came away with a 1-0 win. Coach Age Hareide was happy with his team's hardwork, but also added that he thought they looked overwhelmed by the mega occasion and at time even 'afraid'.
The Costa Ricans finished second in the CONCACAF WC qualifying group after a decent campaign (W4, D4, L2). After suffering a loss in their opening game to Serbia - thanks to a sublime free kick by Aleksandar Kolarov - a loss for Oscar Ramírez’s men here would shatter their hopes of qualifying for the last 16.
Highlights of Denmark vs Australia:
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# The referee blows the FULL TIME whistle. It is Denmark 1-1 Australia.
# Minimum of 3 minutes of added time to be played.
# 85' Pione Sisto (Denmark) is awarded a yellow card. The referee showed him no mercy.
# 84' Thomas Delaney (Denmark) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
# 82' The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Jackson Irvine (Australia) comes onto the pitch for Tom Rogic.
# 81' A long pass, executed by Daniel Arzani (Australia), missed the precision to reach his teammates.
# 79' CHANCE! What a chance that is! Mathew Leckie (Australia) squanders a huge opportunity as he latches on to a perfect cross from the wing. He produces a bullet header from around the penalty spot which goes well wide of the right post!
# 76' The players claim that Martin Braithwaite (Denmark) handled the ball inside the box and it seems they are right. But the referee plays on!
# 75' A neat pass is well received by Mathew Leckie (Australia), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball on goal. The goalkeeper makes a decent save to block his shot.
# 74' Bert van Marwijk is forced to make a change. Andrew Nabbout is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Tomi Juric (Australia)
# 73' Andrew Nabbout (Australia) is writhing in pain and can now receive medical treatment after the referee decides to stop play.
# 72' CHANCE! Pione Sisto (Denmark) collects a pass on the edge of the box but he slips the ball just wide of the right post.
# 72' Tom Rogic (Australia) jinks his way past multiple challenges and fires a low shot from the edge of the box to the middle of the goal, but Kasper Schmeichel is equal to it.
# 71' CHANCE! Aaron Mooy (Australia) neatly controls a driven pass on the edge of the box, glances up and cracks a beautiful drive goalwards that sails just over the bar.
# 70' Mathew Leckie (Australia) sends over a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails and the opportunity goes begging.
# 69' Aaron Mooy (Australia) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
# 68' Bert van Marwijk has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Daniel Arzani (Australia) replacing Robbie Kruse
# 68' We are about to witness a substitution. Andreas Cornelius (Denmark) is replacing Nicolai Jorgensen.
# 68' CHANCE! Mathew Leckie (Australia) wastes a good opportunity as his pass into the box is blocked by the defence. The linesman makes the right call and Australia will have a corner.
# 67' Christian Eriksen (Denmark) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of one of his teammates.
# 64' Neat passing move from Australia in order to create new attacking opportunities.
# 58' Yussuf Poulsen will be replaced by Martin Braithwaite (Denmark).
# 56' Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. Denmark have been awarded a corner kick. The referee and one of his assistants both point at the corner flag.
# 51' Pione Sisto (Denmark) connects with an accurate pass inside the box and fires the ball to the bottom right corner, but one of the defending players steps in to block the effort.
# Second half begins!
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# Antonio Mateu Lahoz has ended the first half by blowing the whistle. What an excellent half of football this has been! Join us for the second half of the match!
# We will have 2 min. of added time
# 44' Aaron Mooy (Australia) sends in a lofted cross from a mid-range free kick, but his poor effort goes out of play.
# 42' Christian Eriksen (Denmark) attempts to find one of his teammates with the free kick into the box, but the keeper reacts superbly and denies the effort.
# 41' A player from Australia pulled an opponent down, forcing the referee to blow his whistle. Denmark are awarded a free kick. Let's see what they create from this.
# 37' GOAL! Mile Jedinak (Australia) wins the battle of wills and sends an unstoppable penalty past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom right corner.
# 37' Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark) picked up a yellow card from referee.
# 36' Surely that's handball by one of the Denmark players in the box, and the referee gives the penalty after checking on with VAR!
# 35' Aaron Mooy (Australia) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and deals with the threat.
# 35' Robbie Kruse (Australia) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. Australia will take a corner kick.
# 32' Tom Rogic (Australia) is able to continue to play.
# 32' Tom Rogic (Australia) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.
# 30' CHANCE! Robbie Kruse (Australia) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Robbie Kruse (Australia) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar.
# 26' Joshua Risdon (Australia) attempts to find the head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box, but a defender outjumps the attackers and averts the threat.
# 24' CHANCE! Great ball in from Henrik Dalsgaard. Nicolai Jorgensen (Denmark) should really have done better with a close-range header, but he heads it a whisker wide of the right post.
# 23' Tom Rogic (Australia) has the goal in his sights after a good run to the edge of the box, but his weak effort flies well wide of the right post.
# 22' CHANCE! Pione Sisto (Denmark) receives an accurate pass and finds some space for a shot. The keeper is prepared and denies his long-range attempt straight to the middle of the goal.
# 21' Henrik Dalsgaard (Denmark) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Antonio Mateu Lahoz blows his whistle for a foul.
# 20' The ball is cleared after Robbie Kruse (Australia) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Denmark.
# 16' Christian Eriksen (Denmark) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
# 11' Mathew Leckie (Australia) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition's defence quickly intercepts the ball. Australia will have a chance to score from a corner kick.
# 7' GOAL! Christian Eriksen (Denmark) latches on to a perfect pass on the edge of the penalty area and fires a good snap shot into the roof of the net. Wonderful finish!
# 5' Tom Rogic (Australia) unleashed a monstrous piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced up at goal and shot from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but the ball fortunately hit one of the defenders and ball bounced away. The ball is out of play and the linesman points at the corner flag. Corner to Australia.
# Kick off!
Denmark Playing XI: Schmeichel, Dalsgaard, Kjaer, Christensen, Stryger, Delaney, Eriksen, Schone, Poulsen, Jorgensen, Sisto .
Australia Playing XI: Ryan; Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich; Jedinak, Mooy; Leckie, Kruse; Rogic, Nabbout
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Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! In the first match of the day, Denmark lock horns with Australia in the matchday two in Group C.