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Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup


SAMARA, Russia — Mile Jedinak's penalty kick gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday and new life at the World Cup.

Christian Eriksen scored in the opening minutes for Denmark, which has gone unbeaten in 17 straight international matches. But Jussuf Poulsen's handball after a video review set up Jedinak's opportunity in the 38th minute.

Going into the tournament, No. 36 Australia was the lowest-ranked team in Group C with the others all in the top 12.

With a loss to France in the opener, a defeat Thursday would have made it nearly impossible for the Socceroos to advance to the next stage. Denmark, meanwhile, won its first match against Peru.

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Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

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