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Australia go into their second match against Denmark with their qualification on the line

by Shariq Vohra

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The Group C fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will be played between Australia and Denmark on Thursday, June 21 at 12 PM GMT.

The two teams have faced each other in three friendlies before this match. Denmark won two, while Australia won just one. They last met in 2012 when Denmark won 2-0 against the Australian side.

The Australians will be looking to get a win in this World Cup after losing 2-1 to the French side, causing them to be at the bottom of table C, but managed to put on a fight and play well. In their last ten matches, the team known as Socceroos won eight games.

The Denmark side started their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win against Peru, however they didn’t look good at all in that match with their opponents having 17 shots on goal. Denmark’s form is not all that spectacular as well, as they have only won four of their last ten matches.

Location

The Cosmos Arena in Samara, Russia will be hosting around 45,000 fans for the Australia v Denmark matchup. The stadium was specifically built for the World Cup and was completed a few months before the start of the tournament on 28 April 2018. 

Predicted XI for Australia

Goalkeeper: Matthew Ryan

Defenders: Joshua Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Aziz Behich

Midfielders: Mathew Leckie, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse

Forwards: Tom Rogic, Andrew Nabbout

Manager: Bert van Marwijk

Predicted XI for Denmark

Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel

Defenders: Henrik Dalsgaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Jens Larsen

Midfielders: Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Yussuf Poulsen, Christian Eriksen, Pione Sisto

Forwards: Nicolai Jorgensen

Manager: Age Hareide

Key Players

Australia: For the Socceroos, it is Mathew Leckie who might prove to be the difference. The Hertha Berlin attacker is fast and has a lot of stamina and he enjoys his time on the ball, which is exactly what the Australians need in their must-win game.

Denmark: Yussuf Poulsen will be a very important player for Denmark, whose pace and precision while being on the counter-attack will surely be vital for his side. Even though the RB Leipzig player gave away a harmless penalty in the Peru match, he was the one who scored for his side, later on, proving to be a player to look out for.



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