Recall that in the first round, the Tunisians, unexpectedly for many, tied with the semi-finalist of Euro 2020 – the Danish team (0:0). The Australians, in turn, did not impress in the opening match, having suffered a crushing defeat from the French (1:4). It is logical that it was the Africans who were considered the favorites today.
However, in Qatar, a lot is happening in spite of it. The Australians started the meeting on equal terms with the opponent, and in the 23rd minute they even took the lead: Mitchell Duke closed the cross from the left flank.
Before the break, the Tunisians had a good chance to recoup. At the end of the half, Mohamed Draeger and Youssef Msakni were dangerously beaten, but the teams went on pause with a minimal lead in Australia’s score.
In the second half, Tunisia tried to increase the pressure. The Australians tried to respond with sharp counterattacks. In the 71st minute, Matthew Lecky just barely reached out to close the cross into an empty net. In the end, the African team staged an assault, but to no avail.
Thus, the Australians won the first victory at the World Cup, and Tunisia still had one point scored in the asset.
Source: Российская газета by rg.ru.
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