Denmark and Tunisia sign the first 0-0 of the World Cup in Qatar

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  • Denmark and Tunisia sign the first 0-0 of the World Cup in Qatar

    Danes and Tunisians could not pierce the goal. a in their World Cup match.

Denmark and Tunisia sealed the first 0-0 win at the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday in the opening game of Group D , marked by the presence of midfielder Christian Eriksen a year and a half after suffering a cardiac arrest in the middle of the Eurocup that scared the fans. with banishing him from soccer.

In a game with many clashes, played at the Education City stadium in Doha, the Danes and Tunisians were unable to break the goals of Aymen Dahmen and Kasper Schmeichel, both of whom had outstanding performances, and signed the first goalless match in six games played so far. in the World Cup in the Arab country.

Although willful, Eriksen had trouble deactivating the solid defensive device of the North Africans, who had their best man in attacker Isaam Jebali. It's dangerous.

In their next outing, on Saturday, Tunisia will face They will face Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Doha, while Denmark will face off later that day. He will face France, the decimated defending champion, in venue 974 in the Qatari capital.

French and Australians will play this Tuesday at Al Janoub.

No north
Without the compass of Eriksen, a starter in his third World Cup (South Africa-2010 and Russia-2018) after the scare that made him hang up his boots prematurely for nothing, Denmark missed the game.

The 30-year-old Manchester United midfielder recast himself in the quest for victory in the opening of his sixth World Cup. It was in the midst of the disciplined defense of Tunisia, which in the first part was much closer to the celebrations, even without spending so much time in Danish territory.

The Tunisian nine, Jebali, knew how to exploit his knowledge of Danish football -he plays for Odense BK- to put the experienced Schmeichel to the test: in the first, in the 23rd minute, he defeated him by the second. with a flush shot, but the line decreed that it was not. offside; and at minute 43, the former Leicester sent an attempt to bathe him in a one-on-one to the corner with the tips of his fingers.

Schmeichel, 36, had already He was lucky, in the 11th, when Mohamed Drager drew his gun. a shot that brushed against the right squad after having strayed in the corps of Andreas Christensen.

Danish dominance
Aware that his team needed a man with his profile, Eriksen tried to get him. He showed himself more at the beginning of the second half: he moved slightly. by both flanks, by the center of the attack and even dropped the ball. up to the defenders for him to lead the way out.

Although Denmark, a semifinalist in Euro-2021, was concerned about Dahmen suffered more (the attacker Andreas Skov Olsen had a goal disallowed by órsay in the 55th minute), he had trouble breaking the Tunisian defensive block, even more so after the early departure of midfielder Thomas Delaney, injured in the game. closing the first half.

With few chances of playing in the North African area, Denmark bet on their chances. This was due to the passing game (Andreas Cornelius hit the post with a header in the 71st minute) and the long shots (Dahmen sent a violent left foot shot from Eriksen to the corner from the crescent (70) and a right foot from Cornelius in the (discount).

Betting everything on the win, the Danish coach, Kasper Hjulmand, made a triple substitution (65) that included a ball. the departure of the captain, the defender Simon Kjaer. 

The Europeans began to suffocate their rivals, who tried to shake off giving entry to their pearl Hannibal Mejbri, while their benchmark, the midfielder Wahbi Khazri, watched the game from the bench.

The revulsives, however, had little offensive weight, but helped Qatar witness the first goalless match.

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