Christensen's Denmark held

Andreas Christensen started for Denmark today as they drew 1-1 against Australia in their second group game at the World Cup.

The Chelsea defender, who was withdrawn late on in Denmark’s opening match against Peru due to cramp, was named in the starting line-up once again for the game at the Samara Arena, but having raced into an early lead the Danes had to settle for a point.

It was the perfect start for Denmark, who took the lead after just seven minutes when Christian Eriksen scored from the edge of the penalty area with a superb first-time strike which flew into the roof of the net.

Having performed well in Denmark’s win over Peru on Saturday, Christensen looked assured once again and made a crucial block just after the half-hour mark to thwart Robbie Kruse as he raced on to a pull-back and fired towards goal.

Australia, who lost their opening game against France, didn’t have to wait long to restore parity, however, as they were awarded a penalty moments later. Yussuf Poulsen was adjudged to have handled inside the box, and once VAR had confirmed the indiscretion Mile Jedinak stepped forward to convert from the spot.

Christensen was using the ball well and on more than one occasion his fantastic range of passing allowed Denmark to instigate attacks from the back. In the opening 45 minutes his distribution was flawless, successfully completing all 41 of his attempted passes.

After the break, both sides played some nice stuff but lacked the vital piece of quality in the final third to make it count. Australia were looking the more threatening of the two teams as time ticked away, but an entertaining game ultimately ended all square.

Denmark play their final group game against France next Tuesday, when Christensen will be hoping to get the better of Chelsea team-mates N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud.