The Tunisians are back in their World Cup on Tuesday. The Carthage Eagles resisted against Denmark (0-0) in the first match of group D. From the start of the match, Jalel Kadri’s men gave the color. In his first duel of the match, midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni (see below) made an authoritarian tackle on Christian Eriksen then harangued the crowd after his intervention. Sublimated by the challenge, the Tunisians did not skimp on the pressing in the first half and showed great determination.
Jebali thought he had opened the scoring (23rd), but the referee whistled an offside position, the fault of a precise alignment of the Danes on the opening of Dylan Bronn. Two minutes later, Ben Slimane’s shot, deflected by Christensen, gave a second thrill to the Danish defense. Before the break, Issam Jebali had started at the right pace this time, but his dive found the gloves of Schmeichel (43rd). Despite a little more control in the last quarter of an hour of the first period, the Danes returned to the locker room without worrying the Carthage Eagles.
The second period offered a different trend. More technically fair, Denmark slightly raised their level of play. It took a superb Aymen Dahmen to repel Christian Eriksen’s strike (69′) with the opposite hand. In the aftermath, Cornelius missed his head in the opposing 6m and found the amount. Despite a scare caused by the use of VAR in added time (90th + 5), the Tunisians did not give in and left with a precious point from Al-Rayyan.
Player: Aïssa Laïdouni
On all fronts, midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni alone summed up Tunisia’s performance. Imperial in the duels (5 won out of 6 disputed) and multiplying the races, he was also able to bring out the ball cleanly, like his projection in the Danish surface, after more than 70 meters of racing.
With its draw, Tunisia won its second clean sheet in 16 World Cup matches.
The Danes thus missed the opportunity to take the lead of the group. In the event of victory for the France team this Tuesday evening against Australia (8 p.m.), the tricolors will occupy first place alone.