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Denmark's tactics revealed after secret note somehow ends up in Australia's hands

Max Sherry

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Denmark's tactics revealed after secret note somehow ends up in Australia's hands

The Australian football team are at the centre of yet another piece of pure 's**thousery'.

Not long ago, we saw Andrew Redmayne throw the Peru goalkeeper's water bottle containing penalty shootout notes into the crowd.

A beautiful piece of work indeed, although this latest act right here might just top it.

During the Socceroos' historic 1-0 win over Denmark at the 2022 World Cup, a secret note was passed between the Danish players, giving them instructions from the bench.

But, in typical Aussie fashion, that said note somehow got pinched and ended up in the hands of the Socceroos coaching staff.

In turn, after reading the note, Graham Arnold acted quickly and made vital tactical changes which subsequently tightened up his defence and kept the Danes at bay.

To most, you could view it as dirty tactics perhaps?

But for us Aussies, it's simply brilliant.

On Twitter, one user posted the sequence of events accompanied with a video explaining how it all unfolded.

The caption read: "70' Danish sub carries note onto field to give to Eriksen."

"72' Note appears to end up in hands of Aussie coaching staff."

"74' Australia makes sub and switches formation to 5-4-1."

At the time, Denmark had just conceded a goal courtesy of Mathew Leckie and were trailing 1-0.

According to Fox Sports Australia, the hand-written note was passed from the Danish bench to substitute Robert Skov who then gave it to captain Christian Eriksen.

Reports suggest the note contained instructions telling the Denmark players to switch formation to play with two strikers.

It's understood it also carried the message “believe”.

It is then alleged that the note was thrown on the ground by Eriksen but was picked up by Socceroos striker Mitch Duke, who passed it onto the Australian coaching staff.

With a slight change in formation, the Aussies were able to hold on and book their spot in the Round of 16 for only the second time in the nation's history.

This latest incident brings back memories of another moment of 's**thousery' which took place during the World Cup qualifiers.

Substitute goalkeeper Redmayne launched the Peruvian shot-stopper's water bottle containing penalty shootout notes into the crowd in one of the most iconic moments in Australian sport.

The Socceroos went on to win the shootout, sending them to the World Cup in Qatar.

“Yeah, that happened, we spoke about it,” Redmayne said after the match.

“If we had notes on our drink bottle and if someone saw that, it would have been thrown a long way away.

“I know how much it means to the boys so it was kind of like a kill or be killed moment, so I took my moment.”

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/SBS/@gerard_laws

Topics: Australia, Football, Football World Cup, Qatar, Denmark

Max Sherry
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