Australia defeated Tunisia 1-0 on Saturday in the second round of Group D of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In the 18th World Cup match in Australian history, they won for the third time – and second time after 1974 they finished without conceding a goal – so their chance of progression remained. The Tunisian national team did not play badly in the second match in Qatar either, but it did not score any goals, and it is one point ahead of the last round of the group, in which it will meet the defending champion France, so their chances of reaching the round of 16 are reduced to a minimum.
Fourth group, second round:
Tunisia-Australia 0-1 (0-1)
Alfakra, 41,823 viewers, v: Daniel Seibert (German)
Top scorer: Duke (23)
Yellow card: Al-Aydouni (26.), Abdi (64.), Al-Sazzi (93.)
Ájmen Damen – Dylan Bronn (Vajdi Kesrida, 73), Yassin Meriah, Montassar Talbi – Mohamed Drager (Ferzáni Sászí, during the break), Ellyes Skíri, Aissa Laidouni (Vahbí Hazrí, 67), Ali Abdi – Naim Sliti, Essam Jabali (Taha Jasin Knissi, 73), Youssef Maskny
Matthew Ryan – Fran Karadjic (Milos Degenec, 75), Harry Sutar, Aziz Behish, Ke Rowles – Matthew Leckie (Keanu Backus, 85), Jackson Irvine, Aaron Moye, Craig Goodwin (Auer Mabel, 85) – Mitchell Duke (Jamie McLaren ), 64), Riley McGarry (Ajden Hrustic, 64)
The 23rd minute: From an Australian action on the left, Goodwin hit the ball in front of the goal, which was caught by one of the Tunisian players. However, Duke, who came to the short side, ran right, sprinting into the left side of the goal with an eight-meter (0-1) curved header.
The game started with an Australian counter-attack and fielding, but the balls in front of the goal and the base passes were already inaccurate, so the well-closing Tunisian defense was regularly cleared, and their goal was not in danger. In the middle of the first half, the North African goalkeeper was able to direct their attacks into the opponent’s penalty area for the first time, and they immediately had chances, but the Australians, who got into the area in this way, quickly went ahead. a job. Tunisia’s match was held up for a few minutes, so the Australians again took the lead right up to the start. But then the Africans threatened, they had two important chances to score, but Drager’s shot was topped by Sutar, and then El Maskani sprinted from the five into the goal.
During the break, the order of the match was changed by Tunisia, who immediately fell behind their opponents, who approached their own half and made a series of mistakes. The Australians defended flawlessly, especially inland, where they had a situational advantage. Around the 70th minute, a promising Australian response was wasted, and Matthew Ryan was forced to defend for the first time in the match twice. At first, both teams had chances to score, and Tunisia had more, but the score remained unchanged.
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