FIFA World Cup: Tunisia hold Denmark to a goalless draw | Football News


NEW DELHI: Denmark‘s World Cup campaign started with an entertaining goalless draw against Tunisia at the Education City Stadium on Tuesday. The Group D match witnessed as many as 20 corner kicks, but no goals.
Denmark hit the woodwork in the second half and dominated the proceedings but failed to break the deadlock against the tenacious African side.
Defender Andreas Cornelius hit the post and Denmark also had a late penalty appeal turned down, while Tunisia wasted two clear chances during the contest.

Tunisia were roared on by their sizeable following in the 42,925 crowd, whose deafening whistles and roars gave energy to their side and helped secure what had seemed an unlikely point before kickoff.
Denmark thought they should have had a penalty in stoppage time for handball that was checked at the VAR screen by referee Cesar Arturo Ramos, but he instead gave a free kick to Tunisia for a foul in the build-up.
Denmark would have hoped to create more chances in the game, but their best came late in the second half when Cornelius only had to nod the ball over the line at the back post, but instead flicked it onto the woodwork.
Tunisia, who this week had spoken of their pride at qualifying for the World Cup in an Arab country, were fired up from the first whistle, celebrating each tackle like a goal, and had two excellent chances to open the scoring.
The first fell to Denmark-based Issam Jebali when he found himself one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel, but could not beat the Danish goalkeeper, who made an excellent, instinctive save.
The second saw Aissa Laidouni race clear from his own half, but as he approached the Denmark penalty area, he hesitated and opted for a pass that was not on rather than advancing 10 yards and having an effort on goal.
In the context of the game, both might look at it as two points dropped, but Tunisia will certainly be the happier given the low level of expectation placed on them – from outside their camp at least – going into the tournament.
There were other chances in the game as well. Right back Mohamed Drager saw his shot from 25-yards deflected off defender Andreas Christensen and go just wide with Schmeichel rooted to the spot.
Christian Eriksen was pulling the strings for the Danes but they struggled at times to get him onto the ball. When he did find a pocket of space just outside the Tunisian box, his shot was well saved by Aymen Dahmen in the Tunisia goal.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand will be sweating on a knee injury to midfielder Thomas Delaney that forced him off in the first half.
Tunisia defended resolutely and threatened on the counter as the Danes struggled to break them down. In the end Tunisia’s fans were delighted with a point that set them up for their next game against Australia on Saturday, while Denmark face France in their second group game.
(With inputs from agencies)



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