Denmark stumbles over Tunisia

After a fierce game, Denmark and Tunisia did not find a winner (0-0) on Tuesday in Doha. A draw that could do France’s business later in the day.

Denmark 0-0 Tunisia

A few hours from challenging Australia, Didier Deschamps and his staff certainly had their eyes glued to their screens this Tuesday afternoon to observe the duel between Denmark and Tunisia, the next two respective opponents of the Blues. At the end of 90 minutes which offered no goal and therefore no winner to a public that was mainly won over to the cause of the Tunisians, the French coach can at least note that these two teams are not to be taken lightly, both intensity that they were able to put, by periods, was delirious. Another lesson, and perhaps the most important: France already has the possibility of being the sole leader of Group D, from this Tuesday evening.

Denmark rely on Schmeichel

Like the mano a mano between the Americans and the Welsh the day before, the first debates materialized mainly by huge duels, accompanied by a rare intensity, which even made us forget the ball. Because if Denmark had planned to enhance its usual 3-5-2 by calmly posing the game, Tunisia does not hear it that way, favors big contacts, and installs a hair-raising laundry, even capable of making viewers sweat. from their couch. Result: the show takes place rather in the stands where the Tunisians, who came in large numbers and harangued from the start by an unleashed Laïdouni, take over the Danes on the scale of the decibels. The din at the Education City Stadium is even increased tenfold when an arrow from Drager passes a few millimeters from the cage of Schmeichel (11e). Repeat again when Jebali thinks he opens the scoring, but is finally caught for offside (23e). A few minutes later, Jebali, again, finds himself strangely alone facing the Danish goalkeeper, who miraculously wins his duel to keep his people afloat (43e). At intermission, Tunisia leads in points, but Denmark is far from knocked out.

One half each

Kadri’s troops returned to the field with the same aggressiveness but let the Danes build more. Which leads them to their first chills: on a second ball, Skov Olsen propels the leather into the nets of Dahmen, but is also caught for an offside (55e), before Dolberg uncrossed his head too much on the next situation (57e). Hjulmand scratches his head, takes out Captain Kjær to change his device, and watches his people chain the situations. Eriksen frames his shot, but Dahmen deploys full length (69th), then the unfortunate Cornelius is not strong enough to push the ball to the bottom and must be satisfied with an amount (70e). Opposite, the Eagles of Carthage are running out of steam, like Jebali who ends on the kneecaps, and no longer manages to print the rhythm seen at the start of the game. The late entry of the Mejbri nugget does not change the balance of power, and Denmark is becoming more and more insistent. At the very end of the game, Lindstrøm, still very fresh, sends a mine on a vigilant Dahmen (90e+3). In the process, the referee will consult the VAR for a potential hand from Bronn in his area, which he ultimately considers insufficient to whistle a penalty. Rideau: the first 0-0 of this World Cup is there, and it is absolutely deserved.
Denmark (3-5-2): Schmeichel – Andersen, Kjær (Jensen, 65e), Christensen – Kristensen, Delaney (Damsgaard, 45e+1), Eriksen, Højbjerg, Mæhle – Skov Olsen (Lindstrøm, 65e), Dolberg (Cornelius, 65e). Coach: Kasper Hjulmand.

Tunisia (3-4-2-1): Dahmen – Talbi, Meriah, Bronn – Drager (Kechrida, 88e), Skhiri, Laidouni (Sassi, 87e), Abdi – Slimane (Sliti, 67e), Msakni (Mejbri, 80e) – Jebali (Khenissi, 80e). Coach: Jalel Kadri.

By Alexandre Lejeune

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