First goalless match in this 2022 World Cup. Denmark broke their teeth against Tunisia in the first match of group D (0-0). Kasper Hjulmand’s players have long lacked dynamism and have never managed to find the tactical solutions to crack the Carthage Eagles perfectly organized by Jalel Kadri. Andreas Cornelius missed a great opportunity and this result suits France who will face Australia on Tuesday evening.
Faced with the Danes announced as favorites because of their good recent dynamics and in particular two victories over France in the League of Nations, the Tunisians immediately set the tone in terms of commitment. Strong and responsive behind, the partners of Lorient Montassar Talbi entered this first match of the tournament with desire and solidarity. They even jostled opponents somewhat surprised by this intensity and unable to develop their offensive game.
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Christian Eriksen perfectly contained, the Carthage Eagles were even able to place a few quick attacks and shoot a few arrows like this shot from Mohamed Dräger who flirted with the right corner of Kasper Schmeichel (11th). Center-forward Issam Jebali, he left a suspicion too early in the midfield and was offside before going to deceive the doorman of OGC Nice (23rd). He was also offside before losing his duel against the last Danish rampart (42nd) while Aïssa Bilal Laïdouini had placed a heavy recovery just above the frame a little earlier (39th).
If Mikkel Damsgaard had replaced Thomas Delaney, injured, at the end of the first period for an attacking change (45th + 1), Denmark remained far too static and predictable in their animation. Only Andreas Skov Olsen showed percussion but his but was logically refused for an offside from Damsgaard (55th). Hjulmand made three new changes (65th) and Cornelius notably replaced a still disappointing Kasper Dolberg.
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Eriksen finally stood out with a nice shot from the left deflected by Aymen Dahmen (69th). On the next corner hit by the Mancunian, Andreas Christensen’s header hit the post and Cornelius missed his diving header from close range (70th)! Tunisia responded to this heat stroke in stride but did not obtain a penalty for a Danish hand (71st). Master of the ball (61%), the Scandinavians pushed at the end of the match without being more advantaged by the referee despite a hand from Yassine Meriah in his area (90th + 4). Seductive at the Euro, Denmark failed to display the same freshness and a stomp in this first match. He could already play big next Saturday against France.
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