LIVE: Denmark vs Australia

N. Jørgensen



7′ Assist Nicolai Jørgensen

C. Eriksen



7′ Goal Christian Dannemann Eriksen

6′ MISS! The corner results in the best chance of the game so far, as Leckie climbs higher than everyone, but heads straight over the bar! He has to be hitting the target there.

5′ Australia win the ball after some sustained Danish pressure and hit front-man Nabbout early with a ball from deep. He lays it off to Rogic in support, and his left-footed effort from outside the box is deflected behind for a first Australia corner! 

3′ Delaney throws himself at Eriken’s whipped corner, but can’t direct his effort anywhere near the target. Denmark have started on the front foot here – much better than their showing against Peru. 

2′ Denmark immediately win a free-kick on the right as Dalsgaard is fouled, and Eriksen’s excellent delivery into the box is just a little high for its intended target, allowing Australia to clear behind for a corner. 

1′ And we’re off! Denmark get us underway!

However, Denmark have not won their opening two World Cup fixtures since their tournament debut in 1986, and have never kept consecutive clean sheets in the competition. 

Australia have lost their last four World Cup games in succession, conceding at least twice each time, and have been beaten in seven of their nine World Cup games against European opposition (W1 D1). 

This is the first-ever World Cup meeting between these two sides, although they have played three times previously in friendly games, with Denmark winning two and Australia victorious in one.  

Australia are unchanged, having pushed pre-tournament favourites France all the way in their 2-1 defeat. Despite earning no points, head coach Bert van Marwijk can take great heart from his side’s spirited performance, and will certainly hope that a similar showing here yields a better result. 

Age Hareide is forced into a change from his side’s 1-0 win over Peru in the first round of fixtures as William Kvist’s tournament appears to be over following an injury in that game. Schone – who replaced him on the day – takes his place from the start here. 

Australia substitutes: James Meredith, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tim Cahill, Daniel Arzani, Tomi Juric, Dimitri Petratos, Jamie Maclaren, Brad Jones, Matthew Jurman, Milos Degenek, Danny Vukovic

Australia XI (4-4-1-1): Mat Ryan; Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon; Robbie Kruse, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie; Tomas Rogic; Andrew Nabbout

Denmark substitutes: Viktor Fischer, Andreas Cornelius, Kasper Dolberg, Zanka, Jonas Lossl, Lukas Lerager, Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Knudsen, Jannik Vestergaard, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Frederik Ronnow

Denmark XI (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard; Thomas Delaney, Lasse Schone; Pione Sisto, Christian Eriksen, Yussuf Poulsen; Nicolai Jorgensen

The line-ups have been announced, and we’ll start with Denmark.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.