The Tunisian side held off Daniel Kolega to a precious negative draw to start Qatar’s FIFA World Cup campaign at Education City Stadium in Doha in the first round of Group D competitions on Tuesday.
Later, in the same group, he will face defending champions France and Australia. The Tunisian team hopes to reach the round of 16 for the first time in history.
At the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Tunisia became the first African and Arab nation to win a match in a World Cup final, defeating Mexico 3-1 in Rosario, before securing a second World Cup victory. World 2018 in Russia. Panama 2-1.
Tunisia and Denmark have already met in a friendly in South Korea and Japan in preparation for the World Cup, which Denmark won 2-1 in May 2002.
Denmark are participating in the final for the sixth time, but after the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, it will only be the second time (2018 and 2022) that they have qualified for the World Cup.
Kasper Hellmand, coach of the De Rode Hwyd national team, squeezed his best players, including Christian Eriksen, who was returning to the stadiums after a heart attack that almost took his life, and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (Nice), while Jalal Al, the O Carthage Eagles manager Kadri has kept team forward Wahbi Khazri on the bench and placed him on the bench alongside French league duo Montaser Talbi (Lorrien) and Ali Al-Abed (They Fall).
In front of a huge crowd, Tunisia looked to be playing at home and started menacingly against Denmark with a shot from outside the penalty area by Mohamed Draghi, which hit Barcelona’s Andreas Christensen and deflected off the crossbar, almost deceiving Schmeichel (11 ).
Denmark responded with a timid shot by Andersen (22) and Tunisia thought they had opened the scoring after a pass by Italian defender Dylan Brune, of Salernitana, followed by Issam El Jebali, who invaded the area and went into the net. He was offside (23).
And in a beautiful group move from the center of the field, the ball reached Draeger in the area, and Pierre-Emile Hoiberg defended (33).
Issa Al-Aydoun dribbled a power ball into the penalty area (39) before Schmeichel held on to save Odense’s Danish striker Al-Jabal as he handed the ball over (43). Before the referee whistled the end of the first half, Denmark suffered a moral blow with the injury of midfielder Thomas Delaney, who was immediately replaced by Mikkel Damsgaard (45+1).
Carthage’s Águilas started the second half with pressure and Isa Al-Aydoun wasted an opportunity, preferring to shoot after a pass on the edge of the area that was unmarked by the Danish defense (51). Robert Skov scored a goal in the 4th minute, which was disallowed by the referee for being offside by Damsgaard early in the match.
Coach Helmand made three changes in the 65th minute, and his Tunisian counterpart two minutes later brought on Saudi striker Al-Itifaq Naim Al-Slait in place of Ben Suleiman.
Denmark had two chances in two minutes (69th and 70th), the first saved by goalkeeper Ayman Dahman after Christian Eriksen’s shot, and the second on the left post after Andreas Cornelius’ header.
Al-Qadri joined Englishmen Hannibal Al-Majbri, from Birmingham, and Taha Yassin Al-Khunais (Kuwait City), to bring more vitality to the team in place of Msakni and Al-Jabal (80), with no change in the result.
Tunisian midfielder and Man of the Match Isa Al-Aydoun said at the press conference: “I’m happy to participate in the World Cup, but the most important thing is the good result achieved by the team and after that. The best player award is coming, which I have already received and I am happy to receive the award, the most important thing is the result and the performance of the players”. “I hope we continue to shine against Australia in the second round. We came to the match with a lot of desire to defend the colors of this shirt and our desire was to add points and we knew it would be difficult against Denmark, who have a strong team, we didn’t come here to draw, but to achieve a good result and we will win”.
As for Tunisian midfielder Hannibal Al-Majbri, he said: “A goal that would have given us the three points. We know that Denmark are among the strongest teams and managed to beat France twice (in the UEFA Nations League). We did. Good job, I defended well and we had some chances, but we didn’t score. Tonight we will analyze the game against Denmark and hope to win the next game”.
For his part, the defender of the Danish national team, Joachim Mele, said: “The Tunisian national team is solid and strong and they play well without the ball.
Denmark maintained its unbeaten record against continental teams (2 wins and 3 draws), on the other hand, Tunisia’s record against European teams remained without wins (4 draws against 7 defeats).
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