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Australia's round of 16 dream is alive - Tunisia mourns

2022-11-26T12:20:40.520Z

Australia's round of 16 dream is alive - Tunisia mourns Created: 2022-11-26Updated: 2022-11-26 13:06 Australia's Mitchell Duke (3rd from right) celebrates his goal with teammates. © Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/dpa A Mitchell Duke strike sees Australia beat Tunisia and come back in contention for the knockout stages. The North Africans are once again threatened with an early end. Al-Wakrah - Austral



Australia's round of 16 dream is alive - Tunisia mourns

Created: 2022-11-26Updated: 2022-11-26 13:06

Australia's Mitchell Duke (3rd from right) celebrates his goal with teammates.

© Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/dpa

A Mitchell Duke strike sees Australia beat Tunisia and come back in contention for the knockout stages.

The North Africans are once again threatened with an early end.

Al-Wakrah - Australia is back in the running for the first round of 16 of a World Cup in 16 years, Tunisia is again threatened with the traditional preliminary round.

The Socceroos defeated the North Africans 1-0 (1-0) and have three points going into Group D's final matchday.

Tunisia have only one point and also meet defending champions France.

Mitchell Duke (23rd minute) scored for the Australians in front of 41,823 spectators at the Al-Janub Stadium.

Despite numerous interruptions due to minor fouls, German referee Daniel Siebert had no problems directing the intense game at his World Cup debut.

"That was a strong performance by the entire team of referees," said Hamburg Bundesliga referee and Magenta expert Patrick Ittrich.

Tunisia's goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen (back) tries in vain to reach for Mitchell Duke's (not pictured) ball, which goes in to make it 0-1.

© Petr David Josek/AP/dpa

Both coaches only changed their starting formations in one position compared to the first matchday.

For Australia, who only reached the round of 16 at a World Cup in Germany in 2006, Fran Karacic replaced the injured Nathaniel Atkinson at right-back.

In midfield, coach Graham Arnold once again relied on Jackson Irvine from second division FC St. Pauli and ex-Bundesliga professional Mathew Leckie, among others.

For the Tunisians, who have never progressed beyond the group stage in their previous five World Cup appearances, Naim Sliti was the forward in charge of Anis Slimane.

Australia's coach Arnold had expected an "extremely physical game" - and he was right.

There was a lot of fighting but little creativity to be seen.

The Socceroos, however, showed a clear improvement overall after the 4-1 swatter against France and set the tone in the first half.

They were rarely really dangerous.

After a good 20 minutes, striker Duke rewarded their efforts with the 1-0.

The 31-year-old initiated the attack himself and then headed Craig Goodwin's slightly deflected cross into the right corner.

The Tunisians also found it difficult to create really compelling chances.

When they came forward, midfielder Ellyes Skhiri from 1. FC Köln was usually involved.

A shot by Freiburg native Mohamed Dräger was blocked by Australia's defender Harry Souttar in dire straits (41').

Only a short time later, the overall very conspicuous captain Youssef Msakni missed the best opportunity to equalize, which by now would no longer have been undeserved.

In their 18th World Cup game, the Australians went into the break for the first time with a lead.

Tunisia's Mohamed Dräger (M) is angry after a missed goal chance.

© Ebrahim Noroozi/AP/dpa

In the second half, the Tunisians increased the offensive pressure, but they still lacked precision.

The Australians, known for their passionate style of play, resisted.

20 minutes before the end, Leckie even slipped past the 2-0.

dpa

Source: merkur

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