World Cup: 'Last part of the puzzle' missing for the Socceroos, says Australia coach Bert van Marwijk

Australia's coach Bert van Marwijk gestures on the touchline during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and Australia at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 21, 2018.
Australia's coach Bert van Marwijk gestures on the touchline during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and Australia at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 21, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

SAMARA, RUSSIA (AFP) - Disappointed coach Bert van Marwijk said Australia have to find "the last part of the puzzle" if they are to stay in the World Cup after a 1-1 draw with Denmark on Thursday (June 21).

Australia captain Mile Jedinak hit a second-half penalty, which was awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR), to earn the Socceroos' first point in Russia after Christian Eriksen's opener to give Australia a glimmer of hope of reaching the last 16.

Van Marwijk praised a team that has "improved every day" but bemoaned a lack of clinical finishing after his team missed chances to win the game in the second half in Samara.

It followed a 2-1 defeat by France in their opening match.

"We had chances to win and we deserved to win, so I'm disappointed," the Dutchman said.

"I fully agree we should have won. Against France, we also deserved more. We have one point and we deserve four points from these two games.

"The last part of the puzzle is that we must make the difference by scoring one goal more than the opponent.

 
 
 
 

"I must be satisfied about all the things we asked of (my players). From the first day, the team has improved every day and they surprised me today again."

Australia must beat Peru on Tuesday to have any chance of going further.

In a blow to their qualification hopes, striker Andrew Nabbout looks set to be sidelined for the rest of the World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury following an awkward fall.

"I think the tournament is over for him," van Marwijk said.