In the recent Socceroos campaigns in Russia and the UAE, it has become quite apparent the playing squad needs a serious shakeup, based around exciting young players at its core.
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The Socceroos must find a way to pick up the three points when they take on Denmark in their second 2018 FIFA World Cup game. The match will be played at Samara Stadium, with kick-off to be at 10pm (AEST) on Thursday, June 21.
Australia are under the pump heading into this match after falling 2-1 at the hands of France in their opener. While the Socceroos didn’t play a poor game by any stretch of the imagination, the brutal nature of World Cup play means they now need results from their final two games.
Denmark, on the other hand, are in a much calmer position heading into this second game of the World Cup. They beat Peru 1-0 in a tight opener, but with three points to their name, can book their spot in the Round of 16 here with a victory, and even a draw will make it hard for others to qualify.
Date: Thursday, June 21
Kick-off time: 10pm (AEST)
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
TV: Live, SBS
Online: Live, The World Game (SBS) and Optus Sport
Betting: Denmark $1.83, Australia $4.50, draw $3.40
Overall record: Played 3, Denmark 2, Australia 1
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Brad Jones, Mathew Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak (captain), Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos.
Jonas Lössl, Frederik Rønnow, Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen, Henrik Dalsgaard, Mathias Jørgensen, Simon Kjær (captain), Jonas Knudsen, Jens Stryger Larsen, Jannik Vestergaard, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, William Kvist, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schöne, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Kasper Dolberg, Viktor Fischer, Nicolai Jørgensen, Yussuf Poulsen, Pione Sisto.
The Socceroos will be broadcast live on SBS, with coverage beginning at 9pm (AEST).
If you are looking to stream the game online, you’ll want to use their streaming app, The World Game website or application, or Optus Sport – but the second option – who have exclusive rights to every game of the Cup, will set you back a $15 subscription fee, unless it’s already included in your Optus plan.
Here at The Roar, we will keep you across all the action from Samara with a live blog and highlights.