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FIFA World Cup 2022: Tunisia vs Australia Highlights: Australia edge past Tunisia 1-0 to go second in Group D

Tunisia vs Australia

Mitchell Duke's instinctive header in the first half gave Australia a huge 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday in the Group D World Cup encounter. The Socceroos held on their lead as Tunisia were unable to capitalize on their chances.

Thus, the Socceroos end their 7-match winless streak in the World Cup and leap to second place in their group momentarily.

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As it Happened:

Tunisia were coming off a draw against Denmark while the Socceroos lost their first game against the World Champions France. The atmosphere at the Al Janoub Stadium was electric as both sides knew the importance of a win.

Mitchell Duke drew the first blood for Australia from a deflected cross which came his way. He headed it expertly past Dahmen in Tunisia's goal as the Socceroos took the lead. This was only the 8th goal for the 31-year-old striker in his national colours, and it came at the perfect time for his side as Australia started to assert their authority in the game after the goal. Tunisia came close but Souttar made a terrific block to deny the African side. Australia held on as the teams headed to the break with a slender lead to Australia.

Australia

After the break, Tunisia came back as the better side. A few tactical changes saw them piling the pressure on the Socceroos' defense. Wahbi Khazri, and Ali Abdi came close but none of them could get the elusive goal as the Socceroos policed their lead extremely well.

It was Australia who held on to their first-half lead and went home with three massive points.

Aftermath:

With this win, Australia are on 3 points after 2 games. Tunisia are currently on 1 point after their couple of matches. Tunisia will be locking horns against World Champions France in their final group stage match on Wednesday and at the same time, Australia will be taking on Denmark.

Tunisia vs Australia Lineup:

Tunisia: Dahmen; Bronn (Kechrida), Meriah, Talbi; Drager (Sasse), Skhiri, Laidouni (Khazri), Abdi; Sliti, Msakni; Jebali (Khenissi)

Australia: Ryan; Behich, Rowles, Souttar, Karacic (Degenek); Mooy, Irvine; Leckie (Mabil), McGree (Hrustic), Goodwin (Baccus); Duke (Maclaren)

Key Stats:

  • Australia ended their longest winless streak in the World Cup as they failed to win any of their last 7 matches.

  • Tunisia were the better team in terms of possession, total shots and the passing department, but came second best in the scoreline.

  • Craig Goodwin won 3 tackles in the match, most by a player. He also made 2 clearances, 7 recoveries.

  • Socceroos keeper Mathew Ryan made 4 saves while Tunisia custodian Aymen Dahmen had to make just 1 save.
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Story first published: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 17:36 [IST]
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