Australia picked up a well-earned draw against Denmark in the World Cup earlier today, even if it did come with some controversy. Christian Eriksen smashed the Danes into the lead but, after a VAR review, Yussuf Poulsen was judged to have handled the ball from a corner. It gave Australia a penalty and Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak stepped up to the plate.
He scored against France in their opening fixture and, despite the best efforts of Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel to get in his head, he coolly slotted home.
It was a pressure penalty, but Aston Villa’s midfielder showed no signs of missing. He played well throughout the game, acting as the calming influence in the heart of Australia’s midfield.
The Australian has had to work hard to win over the fans at Villa Park since his arrival. Many felt they were getting a player in decline and he put in some laborious performances during the early stages of his Villa career.
However, next season he could prove vital. With Villa struggling financially some big players will be on their way out and characters will be needed to take Aston Villa up the Championship table.
Just as Iceland’s Birkir Bjarnason showed against Argentina in Russia, Aston Villa have a player in Jedinak who is clearly up for the fight.
Fans of Aston Villa were very happy to see the bearded midfielder score his second goal of the tournament. Many joked about his valuation, golden boot chances and whether he is in fact the GOAT, not Cristiano Ronaldo.
But in terms of his character, this performance highlighted exactly why Jedinak can be key for Aston Villa next season…
— George Potham (@23gards) June 21, 2018
Welcome back Jedinak. #avfc
— OurAV (@ouravfc) June 21, 2018
Goals in the World Cup.
Jedinak – 2
Messi – 0
— Rob??????? (@Robert_avfc14) June 21, 2018
Jedinak again!! What a guy ???? #avfc
— Callum (@CGGAVFC) June 21, 2018
Yes Jedinak!! #avfc
— ?? (@RobbieJJoynes) June 21, 2018
— carlton roberts (@carlton5385) June 21, 2018
Jedinak with another World Cup goal!! #AVFC
— Michael Priest (@Priestography) June 21, 2018
— Tom Parker (@ThomasTParker) June 21, 2018
— John Kelly (@johnkelly1980) June 21, 2018