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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Van Marwijk wary of Danish physicality

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk. Photo: Reuters
Australia coach Bert van Marwijk. Photo: Reuters Sportsdesk

France may have a glittering array of individual talent but Denmark are more of team, according to Australia coach Bert van Marwijk, whose side take on the Danes in their second World Cup Group C match today.

Van Marwijk's side lost to the French in their opening game, putting up a brave fight before falling to a 2-1 defeat that left them needing to avoid a second reverse if they are to maintain realistic hopes of staying in the tournament.

The Dutch coach, who was appointed in January only months after guiding Saudi Arabia through qualification for Russia, said Australia should expect to face a physical challenge today.

"The Danish they are a strong team, they are number 12 in the world rankings and that says enough," Van Marwijk said. "They are a physically strong team, very tall players, that's their weapon and we played against France and they have more quality and creativity in their players, but the Danish are maybe more a team."

Van Marwijk didn't comment on calls to introduce 38-year-old record scorer Tim Cahill, who was left on the bench against France.

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