Tunisia vs France
Recap: Tunisia vs France – World Cup 2022
French-born Wahbi Khizri scored the only goal of the game as Tunisia beat World Cup holders France 1-0 at the Education City Stadium, but the shock victory saw the defending champions reach the last 16 of the tournament. There wasn’t enough to be. Qatar.
Khezri headed home the 58th-minute winner through a swarm of defenders for just their third victory in six World Cup tournaments for Tunisia, but was still ruled out as Australia beat Denmark 1-0 in the other group match. Defeated.
France, who made nine changes to the team that beat Denmark and already booked their place in the knockout stages, topped Group D on goal difference from runners-up Australia. In the last minutes, Tunisia had to stop the contest. Antoine Griezmann’s goal in stoppage time was disallowed in victory after a VAR review.
Khazri, who grew up in Corsica and plays in Ligue 1 for Montpellier, was one of six Tunisian players born on French soil to be capped by France at under-21 level.
There is a large Tunisian community in France who will relish the result, the country’s first win against European opposition at a World Cup and only their third in 18 matches at the tournament.
However, they needed to drop points against Australia in the second Group D game of the day to give them a chance to reach the last 16 for the first time.
Les Bleus were the first team to qualify for the next round after winning their opening two games in Qatar.
How Tunisia crushed France’s tournament momentum…
While changing the entire team it was hoped that players were given the opportunity to make their mark, however, France lost all of their early momentum from the tournament early in the game.
Tunisia: Dahman (7), Talbi (7), Mariya (7), Ghandari (7), Khazri (8), Maloul (7), Ledoni (7), Bin Rumdhane (7), Skri (6), Kecherida ( 7) 7) Soleimani (7)
Subs: Jabali (7), Chalili (7)
France: Mandanda (5), Dasasi (6), Varane (6), Conte (6), Kamavinga (6), Guindozi (6), Chumeni (7), Kolo Miwani (7), Fofana (3), Verritt out. (5), Common (7)
Subs: Mbappé (7), Rabiot (6), Saliba (6), Griezmann (6), Dembele (7)
Man of the Match: Wahbi Khazri
Tunisia sensed their opportunity and played with the passion and energy that their ‘win or bust’ status encouraged. The flag denied him a crucial World Cup goal.
Khazari netted a superb ball just before the break but no team-mate was on hand to tap home a superb cross at the back post.
After the break, Tunisia continued to dominate.
Yusuf Fofana’s poor defensive shielding and claim of a foul was not bought by the referee but Ayesha Ledoni fired over the bar from a tight angle. Fofana didn’t heed a soft contact warning not to be penalized by the referee as he was at it again moments later – this time Tunisia made France pay.
Fofana was robbed this time by Khazari in midfield and held back hoping the referee would blow for a foul. No whistle was blown and Khazri showed remarkable courage to move around the goal and finish in the far corner.
After the goal, Deschamps called on his big guns with Mbappe and that gave France a platform in the game as Tunisia closed shop in defence.
With the clock ticking towards the ninth minute of extra time, Griezmann looked as if he had broken Tunisian hearts by pouncing on a loose ball in the box. However, VAR was eventually reviewed and the referee was ordered to assess Griezmann’s two yards from the actual ball on the pitch-side screen.
The goal was disallowed as Tunisia secured their famous World Cup victory – but were brutally knocked out of the tournament.
Saliba: Tunisia shook us up a bit.
France defender William Saliba admitted that Les Bleus were “shaken” by Tunisia at the start of the match.
The Arsenal defender said the wholesale changes made by Deschamps – which included some players being used in unfamiliar positions – led to the opening of the competition.
“It was definitely not an easy game today,” Saliba said. “The team was changed, there were a lot of players who had never played together, so it was a bit difficult.
“In the second half it was a bit better at the start, but then we conceded the goal. We were pushing to try and score at the end but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
“I wouldn’t say there was a sense of panic, but we were a bit shaken at the start of the match. But there were players who weren’t in their usual positions, so they weren’t used to it.”
Player of the Match Wahib Khazri
It was a goal that Tunisia deserved more than the one they got.
Such was its beauty, Khazri and his colleagues might feel unlucky to get on the next flight out of Qatar. His goal capped a spirited performance that set the tone for his side. He backed up that dynamic with quality – as shown by the winning goal.
Opta Stats: France’s unbeaten World Cup run ends
France lost a World Cup match for the first time since the 2014 quarter-finals (0-1 v Germany), ending a nine-game unbeaten run (W8 D1). Come nowKhuri have gone winless in their last group match in each of the four World Cup tournaments (D2 L2), while failing to score in the last three.
Tunisia scored just one goal in their three matches at the 2022 World Cup. With Cameroon in 1982 and Morocco in 1986, the joint-fewest by an African team at the tournament. Of the three with France, Cameroon 1-0 Argentina in 1990, Senegal 1-0 France in 2002 and Tunisia 1-0 France in 2022.
France have fielded 24 different players at the 2022 World Cup – after just three games, this is already the most different players used in a single tournament in World Cup history.
Analysis: A bitter moment for Tunisia
Sky Sports’ Dan Long:
There were mixed feelings for Tunisia when Griezmann’s 98th-minute equalizer was disallowed after the latest bout of VAR calls at the Education City Stadium. The North African nation registered their first win against France at the fifth attempt. The reigning world champions – and deservedly so. But even in the context of the 2022 World Cup, it did not matter.
Jalil Qadri’s men did as much as they could on the day, but progression to the last 16 depended on Australia failing to beat Denmark in their other Group D encounter. Matthew Leckie’s strike ensured that would not happen.
In truth, if they had been more powerful in attack in their last two matches, Tunisia might not have found themselves in such a precarious position. They defended brilliantly against Denmark, despite only having one shot on target, and lost by one goal to Australia, a game they had the better of.
They did almost everything right against France and even kept only their third clean sheet in World Cup history. Perhaps they had a spring in their step when they discovered that Didier Deschamps had made an incredible nine changes to the team that beat the Danes on Saturday.
Drama in the dying embers nearly robbed him of a famous win, but although he eventually got it, it wasn’t enough to see him crash out at the group stage for the sixth time in six appearances at the world level.
How did France lose against Tunisia?
Tunisia beat France 1-0 but are out of the 2022 World Cup. Wahbi Khuzri scored the only goal of the game to stun the world champions in Qatar.
Why was Tunisia out of the World Cup?
Tunisia crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday in the worst of circumstances: a 1-0 victory over France, when a late French equalizer was disallowed 12 minutes into second-half injury time, but minutes before He was eliminated by Australia 1-0. 0 win against Denmark.
Who advanced to the round of 16 of the World Cup?
Argentina and Poland advanced to the round of 16.
Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, but it wasn’t enough and the team was eliminated in the tiebreaker on goal difference. Mexico led 2-0 for most of the second half while Poland trailed Group C winners Argentina 2-0.
Is Tunisia still in the World Cup?
Tunisia are out of the tournament despite a 1-0 victory over France in their final group game. Had Australia and Denmark drawn, it would have gone ahead, but Matthew Leckie’s 60th-minute goal for Australia against Denmark closed the gap. Tunisia’s group matches are: Nov.
Are Tunisia and China allies?
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on January 10, 1964, relations between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of Tunisia have been stable and friendly for more than 56 years.
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