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SAMARA, June 21, 2018 (News Wires) - Australia forward Andrew Nabbout has been ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a serious shoulder injury during the 1-1 draw with Denmark on Thursday, coach Bert van Marwijk said.

Nabbout grabbed at his shoulder after falling in a challenge and came off grimacing in the 74th minute of the Group C match in Samara.

"He has bad shoulder injury and his tournament is over," Dutchman Van Marwijk told a news conference.

With one point from their opening two games, Australia's chances of reaching the knockout rounds are on a knife edge, and they need victory against Peru in their final match to have any hope of advancing.

SAMARA, June 21, 2018 (News Wires) - Christian Eriksen's superb opener was cancelled out by Mile Jedinak's penalty as Denmark and Australia drew 1-1 at the World Cup on Thursday to ensure Group C would go down to the final round of matches.

Denmark moved on to four points and need at least a draw against France in their last game to guarantee a last-16 spot.

Australia, with one point, are clinging on by their fingertips and need to win their final match against Peru to stand any chance of going through.

Denmark's seventh-minute opener was fully deserved and the quality of the finish was superb in a World Cup that has produced some wonderful goals.

Aaron Mooy's poor clearance was immediately returned into the area. Nicolai Jorgensen controlled and flicked the ball inside to Eriksen, who ghosted into space and lashed a sweet half-volley on the rise which flew high into the net.

The sublime finish was Eriksen's 13th goal in his last 15 appearances for Denmark and underlined the pivotal importance of the Tottenham Hotspur playmaker to the otherwise workmanlike Danes.

Denmark should have doubled their advantage when Jorgensen flashed a header wide at the near post as Australia looked ragged at the back and toothless up front.

Yet just as in their opening game, Australia were handed a route back into the match from the penalty spot, thanks to the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee.

Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz had failed to spot that Mathew Leckie's header had struck the arm of Yussuf Poulsen, but after being alerted to the incident by the VAR, he pointed to the spot.

Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel had not conceded for 571 minutes, but Jedinak calmly rolled home his penalty in the 38th minute to equalise.

Having clawed their way back into the game, Australia seemed imbued with a renewed sense of belief, surging forward in numbers whenever they could and roared on by the vast array of green and gold clad fans in the Samara Arena.

They could not turn that impetus, however, into clear chances.

After Denmark's Pione Sisto put a good opportunity wide, Australia gradually got on top, but the nearest they came to grabbing a winner was when Leckie's cross was turned over his own goal by Henrik Dalsgaard and Mooy blasted over from distance.

Second-half substitute Daniel Arzani brought an additional spark to the Australia attack and had a good shot parried by Schmeichel at the death while Leckie tested the Danish keeper with a hooked effort.

KAZAN, Russia, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - A stodgy first performance against a gutsy Australia was enough to take France top of their group at the World Cup, but Didier Deschamps' side showed little to give tournament heavyweights like Brazil anything to worry about.

Les Bleus instead head into their next clash, against Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday, with lingering queries over their forward line's effectiveness, and with their rivals emboldened that they could upset the 1998 champions.

Deschamps has placed great stock in the team's young talents, rewarding Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele with starting roles in the front three with Antoine Griezmann at Kazan Arena.

Yet it took the experienced campaigner Olivier Giroud to break the deadlock as he came off the bench to feed Paul Pogba for his late winner.

The result aside, Bert van Marwijk's well-drilled Socceroos put in a heroic defensive effort to stifle their opponents at Kazan Arena.

“In a lot of moments they didn't know what to do any more,” the Dutchman stated bluntly, but correctly, of the French.

While Australia's Switzerland-based central defender Trent Sainsbury boosted his hopes of graduating to a higher European league, the 36th-ranked Socceroos lack anything that could be described as a world class backline.

How France will hope to crack open the more highly rated Group C rivals Peru and Denmark, let alone a German or Spanish stonewall, is sure to preoccupy their 1998 World Cup hero Deschamps in the coming days.

The 49-year-old has an embarrassment of riches in his playing squad, but the Socceroos result showed he has yet to determine how best to deploy them.

The loss of Djibril Sidibe was a blow, forcing Benjamin Pavard to play at right back after operating mostly as a central defender for Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

Pavard performed admirably, but there were problems further up the field.

While France looked dangerous going forward in the opening 15 minutes, once a nervous Australia had time to settle the picture changed.

From there, the midfield trio of Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante and Pogba struggled to give good service to the forwards, all of whom showed impressive pace but little invention.

Although Pogba scored the winner, it was hardly a scintillating performance, and questions about his role in the side will remain.

Deschamps has gone to great lengths to accommodate him, including implementing a 4 -3-3 formation to give the Manchester United playmaker more latitude.

“It suits him very well because he has the freedom to go forward, which he would not be at liberty to do if we were playing with two defensive midfielders,” said Deschamps.

The manager suggested he would persist with the set-up and was defiant that his team had done everything asked of them, except produce more pace in their transitions forward.

 

KAZAN, Russia, June 17, 2018 (News Wires) - France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia Saturday.

Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the historic spot kick in the 58th minute but Australia hit back with a penalty of their own when Samuel Umtiti inexplicably handled the ball in the box four minutes later.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the wrong way to give Australia hopes of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena but Pogba grabbed the winner in the 81st minute.

Even that goal might not have counted in the days before technology was brought into the game with Pogba's shot looping off the shin of Aziz Behich, hitting the crossbar and bouncing down inside the goal before coming back out.

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha checked the goal-line monitor on his watch and awarded the goal as Australia keeper Mat Ryan stood holding the ball in his hands.

Cunha had earlier watched the challenge by Josh Risdon on Griezmann on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor by the side of the pitch and decided the Australia right back had brought the French striker down in the area.

France's youthful attack ensured they had the better of the opening half of the match but Australia had the best chance before the break when a deflection off Frenchman Corentin Tolisso from an Aaron Mooy free kick was well saved by Lloris.

Didier Deschamps's France side will move on to their remaining Group C clashes against Denmark and Peru, who meet later on Saturday, with three points but plenty to do to justify their place among the pre-tournament favourites.

CAIRO, June 12, 2018 (MENA) - Petroleum Minister Tareq el Mulla had talks with Australian Ambassador Neil Hawkins on means of promoting cooperation in the fields of petroleum and natural gas.

The talks tackled ways of encouraging Australian companies to invest in Egypt in excavation and extraction of minerals, Mulla said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the ministry seeks to encourage investments in projects for manufacturing mineral wealth and transforming it into useful products.

He voiced hope that Australian companies would boost their investments in Egypt in the minerals domain.

Hawkins said his country is aware of the tangible steps which Egypt has taken to implement economic reform and improve the investment climate.

He underlined that Australian mining companies are interested in investing in Egypt. 

CAIRO, June 5, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Minister of Local Development Abu Bakr El Guindy met Tuesday with Australian Ambassador in Cairo Neil Hawkins to discuss boosting joint cooperation in the field of local development, as well as between the specialized training institutes in the two countries.

The meeting also discussed training cadres and capacity-building, in addition to learning about the Australian expertise in decentralization, exchange of visits and twinship between the two countries.

During the meeting, Guindy praised the ties and historical relations between the two countries since the opening of the Australian embassy in Cairo in March 1950.

Furthermore, the meeting dealt with the prospects of the growing cooperation between the two sides and the increase in the volume of trade and investment exchange, which are expected to double in the coming years in light of the important economic reform program adopted by the Egyptian government and the newly issued investment law, as well as major development projects.

Guindy pointed out to the investment opportunities in Egypt, which Australian companies can benefit from in various fields.

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