Tunisia 1-0 France: Tunisia upset France however fail to qualify

France had a aim dominated out by VAR for offside within the closing minute of stoppage-time as Tunisia held on to register a shock victory.

Nonetheless, regardless of victory they did not qualify for the final 16 of the World Cup.

Substitute Antoine Griezmann volleyed in a dramatic equaliser on the Training Metropolis Stadium, however the VAR choice meant Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazi’s good first-half aim proved to be the winner.

Nonetheless, with Australia recording a 1-0 victory over Denmark within the different match in Group D, Tunisia’s hopes of progressing had been dashed earlier than Griezmann’s aim was dominated out.

“It’s mixed feelings because we’re happy to beat a team like France,” mentioned Tunisia supervisor Jalel Kadri.

“We can be proud and leave with our head high, but it is a bitter victory.

“It might have been lovely to beat France and attain the final 16. It’s our fault for not doing what we wanted to do earlier than.”

France are through to the last 16 as group winners having already secured qualification with victory over Denmark in the last game.

Despite their failure to progress, Tunisia captain Khazi produced the moment fans had been waiting for – a goal at this World Cup – when he drove to the edge of the box and coolly rolled it into the bottom right corner.

There was an outpouring of emotion from a large following of Tunisia fans at the stadium, while Tunisian substitutes sprinted onto the pitch in a moment of pure elation.

But their celebrations were shortlived when news of Australia’s lead began to ripple through the stadium, with supporters checking their phones for updates from the other match in Group D.

France, who were much-changed from their 2-1 win over Denmark having already qualified as group winners, lacked quality in a disappointing performance.

Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe and Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann were brought on later in the second half to try and find a way back into the game.

They had an impact despite loud jeers and whistling from Tunisia fans keen to put them off and Griezmann almost provided the goal they craved.

Didier Deschamps’ side are set to face the runner-up of Group C, currently Argentina, in the last 16 on Sunday, 4 December.

Tunisia’s wait to achieve the knockout levels of the World Cup for the primary time continues as they exit the competitors.

Tunisia have by no means progressed to the knockout levels of the World Cup

Dramatic night as Tunisia hopes dashed

Tunisia knew they needed to win the game to stand any chance of progressing and they started with plenty of intent.

Goalscorer Khazri was a threat, while France defender Eduardo Camavinga was often overloaded out wide and needed support from Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate.

The support for Tunisia far outweighed France and that majority were given a brief outpouring of celebration when Nader Ghandri’s volley flew past goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, only to be ruled out for offside.

As the first half wore on, Tunisia fans’ impatience started to show – though their support remained relentless – as chance after chance came, but goalkeeper Mandanda did not look like conceding.

Then a magical moment from Khazri opened up space for himself on the edge of the box and his low, precise strike beat Mandanga in the bottom corner.

Tunisia fans were full of hope – they were heading into the last 16 as things stood – but two minutes later, Australia’s goal meant it was taken out of their hands.

“I mentioned nothing is not possible. We’ve been capable of win over the world champions,” added Kadri.

“We’ve been capable of show our effectivity and we did our greatest. We labored as a crew. It wasn’t straightforward for us to get these 4 factors [in the group stage] however we go away with quite a lot of honour and satisfaction.”

Deschamps did not waste too much time in the second half to bring on Mbappe and Griezmann and from then on, France were on the front foot.

Tunisia clung on following a series of corners late on, but Griezmann eventually found the back of the net via a deflection.

However, France’s celebrations quickly turned to frustration when the referee went to the pitchside monitor to view VAR and the goal was ruled out.

Participant of the match

Ben SlimaneAnis Ben Slimane

Tunisia

  1. Squad quantity25Participant titleBen Slimane

  2. Squad quantity10Participant titleKhazri

  3. Squad quantity14Participant titleLaïdouni

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleKechrida

  5. Squad quantity15Participant titleBen Romdhane

  6. Squad quantity18Participant titleChaalali

  7. Squad quantity24Participant titleAbdi

  8. Squad quantity12Participant titleMaâloul

  9. Squad quantity3Participant titleTalbi

  10. Squad quantity17Participant titleSkhiri

  11. Squad quantity5Participant titleGhandri

  12. Squad quantity4Participant titleMeriah

  13. Squad quantity9Participant titleJebali

  14. Squad quantity16Participant titleDahmen

France

  1. Squad quantity17Participant titleSaliba

  2. Squad quantity7Participant titleGriezmann

  3. Squad quantity10Participant titleMbappé

  4. Squad quantity24Participant titleKonaté

  5. Squad quantity11Participant titleDembélé

  6. Squad quantity14Participant titleRabiot

  7. Squad quantity8Participant titleTchouaméni

  8. Squad quantity25Participant titleCamavinga

  9. Squad quantity4Participant titleVarane

  10. Squad quantity20Participant titleComan

  11. Squad quantity3Participant titleDisasi

  12. Squad quantity13Participant titleFofana

  13. Squad quantity12Participant titleKolo Muani

  14. Squad quantity16Participant titleMandanda

  15. Squad quantity15Participant titleVeretout

  16. Squad quantity6Participant titleGuendouzi

Line-ups

Tunisia

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Dahmen
  • 4Meriah
  • 5Ghandri
  • 3Talbi
  • 21KechridaBooked at 28mins
  • 17Skhiri
  • 14Laïdouni
  • 12Maâloul
  • 25Ben SlimaneSubstituted forAbdiat 83′minutes
  • 15Ben RomdhaneSubstituted forChaalaliat 74′minutes
  • 10KhazriSubstituted forJebaliat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mathlouthi
  • 2Ifa
  • 6Bronn
  • 7Msakni
  • 8Mejbri
  • 9Jebali
  • 11Khenissi
  • 13Sassi
  • 18Chaalali
  • 19Jaziri
  • 20Dräger
  • 22Ben Saïd
  • 23Sliti
  • 24Abdi
  • 26Hassen

France

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Mandanda
  • 3Disasi
  • 4VaraneSubstituted forSalibaat 63′minutes
  • 24Konaté
  • 25Camavinga
  • 13FofanaSubstituted forGriezmannat 73′minutes
  • 8Tchouaméni
  • 15VeretoutSubstituted forRabiotat 63′minutes
  • 20ComanSubstituted forMbappéat 63′minutes
  • 12Kolo Muani
  • 6GuendouziSubstituted forDembéléat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Pavard
  • 5Koundé
  • 7Griezmann
  • 9Giroud
  • 10Mbappé
  • 11Dembélé
  • 14Rabiot
  • 17Saliba
  • 18Upamecano
  • 22Hernández
  • 23Aréola
  • 26Thuram

Referee:
Matthew Conger

Attendance:
43,627

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