In our second to last friendly before the World Cup kicks off, Denmark lost 1-0 to Australia in a match where both teams brought nothing to the game. A lukewarm performance from both sides, that did not constitute any more than a training session.
In the Danish side, there was a few players being rested, Thomas Sørensen, Nicklas Bendtner and of course the newly injured Simon Kjær. But other than these players, the side looked like a possible starting eleven for the match against the Netherlands. I sincerely hope their game will have picked up by then, because this was not a match we can be proud of.
One thing is the loss, a result that doesn´t matter, but the speed and intensity was appallingly low. I know that the main thing now is not to get any more injuries, but there cannot be much to benefit from a match like this in terms of match-fitness, the tempo just wasn´t high enough.
A couple of things worth mentioning was the decent performances by Christian Poulsen and Thomas Enevoldsen, the fact that young talent Christian Eriksen was in the starting eleven, and that Patrick Mtiliga, despite a poor match today, seems to be first choice for the left back slot, having started two matches in a row. Also, the lack of playing time for Søren Larsen seems to suggest he is a long way from his best form.
All in all, not a match to remember and not a match we would want to remember.
Let´s hope to pick up the pace in the next match against the host nation, South Africa. Their many fans should provide a more real match-like atmosphere, hopefully driving on the players to perform better.