Tunisia earned a deserved level in opposition to Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark to kick-off their World Cup marketing campaign in Group C, and will even have had all three with barely higher luck.
The Danes, who’ve billed by many as darkish horses in Qatar, dissatisfied on the entire.
Tunisia have been extra loudly supported contained in the stadium and received off to a brilliant begin that appeared to catch the Danes a little bit chilly. The primary massive probability went their approach too, with Mohamed Drager’s shot taking a deflection off Andreas Christensen and solely narrowly flashing extensive of the put up.
Denmark appeared to lastly catch their breath and get a foothold within the sport round 20 minutes in. There was a good probability for Joachim Andersen at a set-piece, whereas Christian Eriksen additionally flashed a harmful ball into the penalty space.
Tunisia did have the ball within the internet not lengthy after as Issam Jebali raced onto a protracted by ball and completed previous Kasper Schmeichel. However the flag went up as Jebali turned to have a good time, with replays exhibiting he had been round a yard past the final defender when he started his run.
After Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Aissa Laidouni had traded efforts, one of the best probability of the primary half additionally went the way in which of Jebali. However Schmeichel channelled the spirit of his father to unfold his physique as extensive as doable and palm the ball behind for a nook as Jebali tried a dinked end.
One other offside flag chalked off a objective early within the second half, this time for Denmark. Substitute Mikkel Damsgaard had been past the final line of the defence within the build-up, rendering Andreas Skov Olsen’s end on the second time of asking meaningless.
The Tunisia objective lived a charmed life throughout a quick spell within the second half, which noticed Aymen Dahmen make a flying save to disclaim Eriksen. From the resultant nook, Mathias Jensen’s back-post travelled agonisingly throughout the objective, with fellow sub Andreas Cornelius in some way managing to then head it onto the put up from nearly on the road.
Substitutions and yellow playing cards disrupted the rhythm of the ultimate quarter of the competition but it surely was nonetheless fairly finish to finish with out a lot in the way in which of clear possibilities.
Dahmen, who had been nice all sport, survived a nervous second in stoppage time when he did simply sufficient to parry a swirling cross-cum-shot, whereas Tunisian hearts have been additionally in mouths when the referee was waved over to the pitchside monitor to evaluation a possible penalty. The ball had dropped onto the arms of Yassine Meriah. However the official determined there wasn’t sufficient in it.
GK: Kasper Schmeichel – 7/10 – Made among the best World Cup saves you are ever prone to see late within the first half.
CB: Joachim Andersen – 5/10 – Had an opportunity to attain within the first half and will have been higher on the ball.
CB: Simon Kjaer (C) – 6/10 – Had a tricky time in opposition to Jebali however nearly held his personal. Sacrificed for tactical causes.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 6/10 – Noticed lots of the ball and did not usually lose it. Relieved to see a deflection off him simply miss the goal.
RWB: Rasmus Kristensen – 5/10 – Disappointing that he did not create extra or actually take the sport to Tunisia.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6/10 – Hardly gave the ball away and compelled Dahmen right into a save from distance.
CM: Thomas Delaney – 5/10 – Pressured off injured on the finish of the primary half.
CM: Christian Eriksen – 6/10 – Put a number of harmful balls into the field.
LWB: Joakim Maehle – 5/10 – Grew extra into the sport after a quiet opening 20 minutes. Crossing wasn’t actually on level.
ST: Andreas Skov Olsen – 6/10 – Typically appeared to take up good positions and even had the ball within the internet, however was denied by an offside flag.
ST: Kasper Dolberg – 5/10 – Did not see that a lot of the ball and missed the goal with each his tried pictures.
SUB: Mikkel Damsgaard (45+1′ for Delaney) – 6/10
SUB: Mathias Jensen (65′ for Kjaer) – 6/10
SUB: Andreas Cornelius (65′ for Dolberg) – 5/10
SUB: Jesper Lindstrom (65′ for Olsen) – 5/10
Supervisor: Kasper Hjulmand – 5/10 – Went heavy on the substitutions comparatively early within the second half to try to enhance what was a sluggish begin and an absence of incisive high quality.
GK: Aymen Dahmen – 8/10 – Did every little thing that was requested of him to maintain a clear sheet. Made 4 saves total.
CB: Dylan Bronn – 7/10 – Handed the ball ahead effectively to try to get Tunisia onto the assault.
CB: Yassine Meriah – 7/10- Repelled every little thing that got here his approach. Survived a stoppage time handball incident that was flagged by VAR.
CB: Montassar Talbi – 7/10 – The same story to Meriah. Made himself bodily tough to play in opposition to.
RWB: Mohamed Drager – 8/10 – Acquired ahead to assist the assault rather well and was an apparent risk. Defended effectively too.
CM: Ellyes Skhiri – 7/10 – It was essential that he not lose the ball cheaply in areas Denmark may capitalise and he by no means did.
CM: Aissa Laidouni – 8/10 – Loved a powerful sport the place he gave the impression to be in every single place. Extra composure may have resulted in a objective.
LWB: Ali Abdi – 7/10 – Lined loads of floor up and down the flank.
AM: Anis Slimane – 5/10 – Struggled to get invovled in open play. Took Tunisia’s corners whereas he was on the pitch.
AM: Youssef Msakni (c) – 6/10 – Capturing radar was a little bit off.
ST: Issam Jebali – 8/10 – Labored the Denmark again three laborious for 80 minutes. Had the ball within the internet however was flagged offside and compelled a world class Schmeichel save.
SUB: Naim Sliti (67′ for Slimane) – /10 –
SUB: Hannibal Mejbri (80′ for Jebali) – 6/10
SUB: Taha Tassine Khenissi (80′ for Msakni)
SUB: Wajdi Kechrida (88′ for Drager) – N/A
SUB: Ferjani Sassi (88′ for Laidouni) – N/A
Supervisor: Jalel Kadri – 8/10 – Took a way more thought of method than his reverse quantity and trusted his starters for longer. The sport plan labored precisely as supposed.