Denmark took on Australia within the Qatar World Cup group stage in a must-win match, with Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen decided to provide his staff each likelihood of creating the knockout phases.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Mathias Jensen offered a platform for the Danes in midfield, permitting the United playmaker a free function to float into pockets of area the place his passing may threaten the Australians.
The Socceroos have been compelled to defend for a lot of the primary half, with Eriksen’s surety in possession a key contribution to Denmark’s domination of the ball.
However the self-discipline of the Australians made inroads into their penalty space tough for the Danes, with each groups going into the break goalless.
Eriksen maintained the identical degree of composure within the second half however maybe may have been extra direct in key moments.
For all of their possession, Denmark went behind after the hour mark, with Matthew Leckie getting the higher of Joakim Maehle earlier than slotting previous Kaspar Schmeichel.
Eriksen was moved deeper after the introduction of Mikel Damsgaard because the Danes sought to maintain their World Cup marketing campaign alive.
His passing remained simply as reliable however was no extra penetrative as Australia switched to a again 5 to see out the sport.
Ultimately the one two possibilities he created have been each for Joachim Andersen by way of corners, every of which went over the bar.
Eriksen ended the matching having had 88 touches, 10 correct lengthy balls, and a 93% passing accuracy. (SofaScore)
However it was not a efficiency that the United star shall be too pleased with, having failed to offer the artistic spark that Denmark so desperately wanted.
And it was not sufficient to cease Australia reserving their place within the knockout phases of the World Cup at Denmark’s expense.