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FIFA World Cup: Tunisia hold Denmark to a goalless draw | Football news

NEW DELHI: DenmarkThe World Cup campaign started on Tuesday with an entertaining goalless draw against Tunisia at the Education City Stadium. The Group D match witnessed a whopping 20 corner kicks, but no goals.
Denmark hit the woodwork in the second half and dominated the game, but failed to break the deadlock against the tenacious African side.
Defender Andrew Cornelius hit the post and Denmark also had a late penalty objection disallowed, while Tunisia squandered two clear chances during the game.

Tunisia roared further with their considerable following in the 42,925 crowd, whose deafening whistles and roars energized their side and helped establish what seemed an unlikely point before kick-off.
Denmark felt they should have been awarded a penalty in stoppage time for handball checked on the VAR screen by referee Cesar Arturo Ramos, but instead awarded a free kick to Tunisia for a foul in the run-up.
Denmark had hoped to create more chances in the game, but their best came late in the second half when Cornelius only had to nod the ball over the line at the back post, but instead hit the woodwork.
Tunisia, who had spoken this week about their pride in qualifying for the World Cup in an Arab country, were enthusiastic from the first whistle, celebrating every tackle as a goal, and having two excellent chances to open the scoring.
The first fell in Denmark Issam Jebali when he was one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel but couldn’t beat the Danish goalkeeper, who made an excellent, instinctive save.
The second saw Aissa Laidouni run away from his own half, but as he approached Denmark’s penalty area, he hesitated and opted for a pass that wasn’t, rather than advance 10 yards and try on goal.
In the context of the game, both could see it as two points less, but Tunisia will certainly be happier given the low expectations placed on them – at least from outside their camp – to go into the tournament.
There were also other chances in the match. Right back Mohamed Drager saw his shot bounce off defender Andreas Christensen from 25 yards out and go just wide with Schmeichel on the spot.
Christian Eriksen pulled the strings for the Danes, but they sometimes struggled to get him on the ball. When he found a hole just outside the Tunisian penalty area, his shot was cleverly saved by Aymen Dahmen in the Tunisian goal.
The Danish national coach Kasper Hjulmand will sweat because of a knee injury from midfielder Thomas Delaney that forced him in the first half.
Tunisia defended resolutely and threatened on the counter as the Danes struggled to break them down. In the end, Tunisia’s fans were delighted with a point that set them up for their next game against Australia on Saturday, as Denmark play France in their second group game.
(With input from agencies)



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