Australia’s World Cup 2018 hopes are still alive after Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Denmark, but the Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk says he’s disappointed the Socceroos didn’t take all three points against Denmark.
The Socceroos fell behind in the 7th minute after Christian Eriksen put Denmark ahead with a well taken strike after from Nicolai Jorgensen’s flick from just inside the penalty area.
The Danes dominated the early stage of the game but in the 37th minute Australia were handed a lifeline. Matthew Leckie’s header was blocked by the flailing arm of Yussuf Poulsen. The VAR confirmed the indiscretion.
Skipper Mile Jedinak made it 12 from 12 from the spot calmly sending the ball into the half of the net vacated by the diving Schmeichel.
Australia dominated the second-half but despite pushing for the winner, were unable to make their opportunities count, but van Marwijk couldn’t fault his players’ effort and felt they deserved more than just a draw.
“I also sat here against France and I was disappointed and also proud because against France we also deserved more,” he said at the official post-match press conference.
“The conclusion is we have one point and we deserve four points from these two games.
“Beside the first 15 minutes we played very well and had chances to win and we deserved to win so I’m disappointed.”
Van Marwijk added: “The first 15 minutes maybe we were a little restless but after that we started to play football and have confidence on the ball and then you saw all the time Aaron [Mooy] was free or Mile [Jedinak] or Tommy [Rogic].
“From that moment on we controlled big parts of the game.
“The first half there was not many chances but the second half we played very well and created chances and its unbelievable pity that we didn’t score.”