Australia score a 1-0 win over Denmark in World Cup Friendly

Australia’s Josh Kennedy helped the Socceroos to a 1-0 win over Denmark tonight in Johannesburg when the Aussie striker scored his seventh goal for his country in the 71st minute of the match, in the first of two friendly games for Australia this week.

Kennedy reacted well to a deflected ball in the Denmark defence and his height enabled him to take advantage and give Australia the lead against the Danes and the Aussies were good enough to see the game out for a workmanlike win.

The first half was a battle of defences with neither side creating any clear cut chances and Denmark had most of the ball. The Danes looked the team more likely to score with some impressive approach play but they lacked any potency up forward to finish the good work.

The Socceroos looked a much more cohesive unit than the one that tackled New Zealand last week and although there was still some rustiness in the team, the Aussies defended well and late in the half created a couple of half chances that failed to amount to anything of note.

The game never reached any great heights in the first half and overall was fairly uneventful.

In the second half Denmark dominated play early but never really put any pressure on the Australian defence. Both sides were very solid down back with neither team able to produce an effective forward foray, apart from a thunderous shot from Denmark’s Poulson which was parried away by Australia’s Mark Schwarzer.

Around the 7oth minute, Australia counter attacked with Culina bursting through the middle and the ball eventually finding Wiltshire down the right flank. Wiltshire’s cross deflected off a Denmark defender and bounced inside the 6 yard box over the Dane defence where Australia’s Josh Kennedy was waiting to turn and put the ball in the back of the net, to give Australia the lead.

The rest of the second half produced a handful of half chances, predominantly to Australia, and the Socceroos finished the game off fairly well compared to Denmark and kept up their good recent record.

Australia 1 – 0 Denmark

71m Josh Kennedy

Australian Starting 11
1 M. Schwarzer, 8 L. Wilkshire, 3 C. Moore, 2 L. Neill, 11 S. Chipperfield, 13 V. Grella, 5 J. Culina, 19 R. Garcia, 4 T. Cahill, 23 M. Bresciano, 9 J. Kennedy

Denmark Starting 11
16 S. Andersen, 6 L. Jacobsen, 13 P. Krøldrup, 4 D. Agger, 23 P. Mtiliga, 2 C. Poulsen, 21 C. Eriksen, 7 D. Jensen, 20 T. Enevoldsen, 9 D. J. Tomasson, 12 T. Kahlenberg

14 B. Holman for S. Chipperfield (45m)
16 C. Valeri for T. Cahill (45m)
21 D. Carney for R. Garcia (45m)
25 D. Vidosic for V. Grella (72m)
15 M. Jedinak for M. Bresciano (72m)
6 M. Beauchamp for C. Moore (75m)

14 J. Poulsen for C. Eriksen (45m)
19 D. Rommedahl for D. Jensen (45m)
18 S. Larsen for T. Enevoldsen (60m)
8 J. Gronkjaer for D. J. Tomasson (60m)
10 M. Jørgensen for C. Poulsen (78m)
17 M. Beckmann for T. Kahlenberg (82m)

Game Summary
In a game devoid of very many attacking chances, both sides are very sound in defence but will need to find more avenues to goal if they want to go further in the World Cup.  The game itself was a drab affair and skills were down on a number of occasions from both the Socceroos and the Danes.

On a bright note for Australia, their last International loss was against South Korea last September and they have become a team that might not score many goals, but they are proving hard to score against which is the next best thing.

Upcoming Friendly matches
Australia’s next friendly will be against the United States next Saturday 5th June at Ruimsig Stadium while Denmark will tackle World Cup hosts South Africa on the same day at Soccer City Stadium, both games to be played in  Johannesburg.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup