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Australia, Denmark clash in do or die match


Published : 29 Nov 2022 08:07 PM

Australia and Denmark round off their World Cup group stage campaigns when they meet at the Al Janoub Stadium on Wednesday.

With France already through from Group D, this has essentially become a winner-takes-all encounter.

Australia have the upper hand going into this fixture, following their win over Tunisia in Saturday's early offering, moving them into second with four points.

That was just Australia's third-ever World Cup win, and their first since 2010 when they beat Serbia in South Africa. Despite that win in 2010 though, that was not enough to take them through even after collecting four points, and that exact fate will repeat itself if they fall to defeat here.

Their form in previous World Cups against European sides presents cause for concern though, as they have lost eight of their 11 meetings with sides from the continent, but they did manage a 1-1 draw with their upcoming opponents in the last iteration in Russia four years ago.

Nathaniel Atkinson missed Australia's win over Tunisia after picking up a knock to his ankle against France in the group opener.

Brescia's Fran Karacic came in to replace Atkinson at right-back, the only change for that game, and given the fact they won, it is unlikely that manager Graham Arnold will change anything, injury-permitting.

Martin Boyle remains a big miss though, as the Hibernian forward suffered an ACL injury on the eve of the tournament and will miss the rest of the season.

Thomas Delaney will miss the rest of the tournament for Denmark after suffering a knee injury in the first half against Tunisia on matchday one.

This saw Mikkel Damsgaard come into the side as Hjulmand changed shape from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3, taking a man out of midfield and using the Brentford man out wide.

Jesper Lindstrom and Victor Nelsson were both brought into the side against France to replace Andreas Skov Olsen and the ageing Simon Kjaer, whose game time is being managed sensibly, but both are likely to come back in.