Thursday 18 October 2018

Danes criticise VAR but happy to have last 16 firmly in sight

Denmark 1-1 Australia

Australia's Mile Jedinak celebrates scoring. Photo: Reuters
Australia's Mile Jedinak celebrates scoring. Photo: Reuters

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Denmark coach Age Hareide admitted his side were fortunate to have four points from their first two World Cup Group C matches after a draw with Australia in Samara.

Talisman Christian Eriksen had given Denmark the lead before a Mile Jedinak penalty, awarded following VAR consultation, earned the Socceroos a point.

Denmark beat Peru 1-0 in their first game and Hareide said he was pleased with their points haul.

"I can say that we are very happy to have these four points," he said. "They produced chances when we made mistakes. We lost the ball in the last third and they counter-attacked on us.

Jedinak's penalty came after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee, who alerted referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz to a handball from Yussuf Poulsen.

Poulsen also gave away a penalty in the win over Peru, once again after VAR involvement.

Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. Photo: Reuters
Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. Photo: Reuters

Peru missed that spot-kick but the Danes have still been baffled by the use of VAR at the tournament.

Eriksen did not question the penalty decision but believes VAR should have been used to award Poulsen a free-kick in the build-up to the handball.

"After today I don't like the system," he said.

"Two matches in a row against us. We thought about it afterwards and there was a foul against Poulsen before. We should have had the free-kick before that."

Denmark coach Age Hareide during the match. Photo: Reuters
Denmark coach Age Hareide during the match. Photo: Reuters

"If you want to use for pens, you should also use for free-kicks."

Hareide also thought there should have been a penalty for a foul on sub Andreas Cornelius.

"He was pulled down by his shirt. Everybody could see it," said Hareide, who spoke to the referee on the pitch after the game.

The Danes face France in their final Group C match in Moscow on Tuesday knowing a win guarantees them a place in the last 16. Australia will take on Peru (3.0) in Sochi needing a victory to have any chance of progression.

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