Feisty Tunisia hold fancied Denmark

Feisty Tunisia hold fancied Denmark
Action between Tunisia and Denmark

Tunisia were roared on by their sizeable following in the 42,925 crowd, whose deafening whistles and roars gave energy to their side

Tunisia wasted two clear chances in a 0-0 draw with Denmark in their World Cup Group D opener at Education City Stadium on Tuesday.

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, despite the fact they are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 internationals.

For Denmark, Substitute Andreas Cornelius hit the post and his team had a late penalty appeal turned down.


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.

Tunisia played with an upbeat tempo and were good value for their point and showed a resilience that was pleasing for coach Jalel Kadri.

"The fan factor was very positive for us," he said. "It mentally gave us a great lift and we are looking forward to seeing the fans continue to do that for us

"We played too nervously and too slow, and we didn't find ourselves in the first half," Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said to Danish media after the game. "There was a period when we got into it but we were never calm and comfortable, that came later in the game. There's no doubt we played under par.”