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Updated  21/06/18  
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Australia kept alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stage after Mile Jedinak's penalty secured a first Group C point against Denmark.
Christian Eriksen put Denmark ahead with a super finish after Nicolai Jorgensen's clever lay-off.
Australia levelled through Jedinak's penalty awarded after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.
Yussuf Poulsen's close-range handball was analysed on video before the referee pointed to the spot.
In an absorbing encounter, Aston Villa's Jedinak sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way for his second goal of the tournament.
Aaron Mooy went close from distance for Australia before Denmark's Pione Sisto was left holding his head after a curling shot from outside the area flashed just wide.
The point was enough to take Denmark to the top of Group C on four points, one ahead of France who play Peru at 16:00 BST, while Australia can still advance to the knockout stage.
Denmark have not reached the last 16 since 2002 but Age Hareide's side are in a strong position to advance in Russia after following up victory over Peru with a hard-earned point.
The Danes will feel hard done by for the penalty, the 11th to be awarded in the group stages at this tournament, one more than in the entire group stages in Brazil four years ago.
Poulsen, who has now conceded penalties in successive games in Russia, complained that there was little he could to get his hand out of the way of Mathew Leckie's header.
Yet Denmark failed to build on a strong start handed to them by a sublime finish from Tottenham player Eriksen, who has now had a hand in 18 goals in his past 15 appearances for his country - 13 goals and 5 assists.
Jorgensen could not find the target with a free header after sneaking behind Australia's defence while Sisto wasted a further two chances.
Denmark's final group game is against France. If they still need a result in that game to progress to the last 16, they will have to be more ruthless in front of goal.


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