Tunisia held Denmark to a goalless draw of their World Cup opener on Tuesday, kicking off their Group D marketing campaign with a robust efficiency in opposition to one of many pre-tournament darkish horses.
Tunisia have by no means reached the World Cup knockouts in 5 earlier makes an attempt however Jalel Kadri’s facet shall be inspired each with some extent at Training Metropolis Stadium and with how they carried out in opposition to the fancied Danes.
Since Kadri took cost of the group in January Tunisia have solely misplaced to Brazil and so they annoyed Denmark in entrance of hundreds of noisy North Africans.
Christian Eriksen was largely nameless on his return to main event soccer after practically dying on the pitch on the European Championship final 12 months, wilting within the face of ferocious defending.
Denmark had come into the match as favourites however Tunisia tore into their extra illustrious opponents from kick-off, flying into tackles.
The massed ranks of Tunisians within the stands created a crackling ambiance and so they cheered each deal with and clearance.
The African facet practically took the lead within the eleventh minute, with Mohamed Drager’s long-range effort clipping off Andreas Christensen and drifting simply huge.
The Danes started to get a foothold within the recreation however talisman Eriksen struggled to shake off the attentions of Tunisia’s well-organised backline, and though they obtained into harmful positions any assaults had been comfortably snuffed out.
The Tunisians got here closest to taking the lead within the opening interval, Copenhagen-born Anis Ben Slimane straying offside earlier than slotting previous Kasper Schmeichel, who then made certain the scores had been degree on the break with an exquisite cease.
Issam Jebali managed to interrupt by way of onto Youssef Msakni’s good move however his dinked end was brilliantly tipped away by the onrushing Schmeichel.
Tunisia saved up the depth but it surely was Denmark who had the 2 finest probabilities of a decent second half.
Eriksen was denied what would have been a nice purpose by Aymen Dahmen’s fingertip save within the 69th minute and from the next nook substitute Andreas Cornelius by some means headed onto the publish from shut vary.
That will have in all probability received the match for Denmark as Tunisia did not match their bodily efforts with a lot actual creativity.
After surviving a late penalty scare they celebrated a treasured and sudden level with their passionate supporters.