World Cup 2022: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Mitchell Duke offers Australians essential win

Australia ahead Mitchell Duke devoted his match-winning aim in opposition to Tunisia to his son and stated it’s “a moment I will hold very dear for the rest of my life”.

Duke took benefit of a optimistic begin by Australia when he fantastically flicked Craig Goodwin’s cross into the far nook to place them 1-0 up after 23 minutes.

That sparked an outburst of jubilant celebration from the small contingent of Australia followers behind the aim, which momentarily silenced the hostile and unwavering help for Tunisia.

Figuring out defeat would imply an early exit from the World Cup, Australia held on to the slender lead that retains alive their hopes of qualifying for the final 16.

“I spoke to my son when I got selected for the World Cup,” stated Duke.

“You have to have that belief you can score [and] I told my son I would share that moment with him. [The celebration] was a little ‘J’ for the first letter of his name.

“I have not seen it but however apparently he did it again to me within the stadium. It’s a second I’ll maintain very pricey for the remainder of my life.”

Hissed and jeered throughout by striking clusters of fans draped in red at the Al Janoub Stadium, Australia held their nerve to claim their first victory at a World Cup since 2010.

They survived a desperate onslaught from Tunisia in the second half, with Youssef Msakni forcing goalkeeper Mathew Ryan into a save at his near post, though that came moments after Mathew Leckie had come inches away from connecting with Goodwin’s cross at the other end.

Stoke City defender Harry Souttar put in a superb performance, making several key blocks and tackles as Australia dug in.

Australia, who suffered a humbling defeat by France in their opening match, will take on tough opponents Denmark next – but with qualification in their own hands.

“On the finish of the day, it is only one sport. Nothing will change for us,” stated Australia boss Graham Arnold.

“I instructed the gamers I’m very proud however we’ve achieved nothing at this second. We’re right here and need to go so far as we are able to go.

“I don’t want emotion from the players – staying up all night looking at social media and all that stuff – I want them to recover and refocus.”

Important victory for delighted Aussies

This was an important match for each nations given they face competitors from defending world champions France and Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark to progress from Group D.

It couldn’t have been a greater begin for Australia then, as they dominated the opening quarter-hour to depart Tunisia unable to get out of their half.

Goodwin’s crosses from the left have been initially handled, however the ease with which Australia have been getting pleasure down that facet may have precipitated concern for Tunisia.

Finally, a type of crosses paid off as Duke expertly flicked Goodwin’s supply into the far nook and ran over to the touchline to obtain a clamour of pats on the pinnacle from his team-mates.

That aim did little to silence the overwhelming majority of Tunisia followers within the Al Janoub Stadium, although, and it was their facet who ended the primary half stronger with two huge alternatives to equalise.

Australia centre-back Souttar made an important, sliding block to disclaim Mohamed Drager, simply minutes earlier than Tunisia captain Msakni volleyed an effort inches extensive.

Tunisia modified form within the second half and put Australia underneath spells of relentless stress. Aaron Mooy needed to make one other very important block, earlier than Souttar but once more intervened to cease a harmful counter-attack.

The nervousness was palpable within the stadium when Tunisia substitute Wahbi Khazri virtually poked in a late equaliser, earlier than six added minutes have been signalled by the fourth official.

However Australia – who needed to come by way of two play-offs to qualify for the match in Qatar – held on for a big victory they usually go into their ultimate group match with all to play for.

Tunisia, who tackle France of their ultimate match, are all however out, although supervisor Jalel Kadri stays optimistic.

“Even the larger squads have been defeated by the underdogs. It is very disappointing we lost today, but we still have one more match to go,” stated Kadri.

“We will play with all the confidence we have. We will play with our hearts out. I hope we will be lucky next time.

“We are going to let soccer shock us. We are going to go all in and carry out to our greatest ranges.”

Participant of the match

MooyAaron Mooy

Tunisia

  1. Squad quantity7Participant identifyMsakni

  2. Squad quantity16Participant identifyDahmen

  3. Squad quantity9Participant identifyJebali

  4. Squad quantity23Participant identifySliti

  5. Squad quantity20Participant identifyDräger

  6. Squad quantity3Participant identifyTalbi

  7. Squad quantity4Participant identifyMeriah

  8. Squad quantity24Participant identifyAbdi

  9. Squad quantity11Participant identifyKhenissi

  10. Squad quantity10Participant identifyKhazri

  11. Squad quantity6Participant identifyBronn

  12. Squad quantity14Participant identifyLaïdouni

  13. Squad quantity17Participant identifySkhiri

  14. Squad quantity13Participant identifySassi

  15. Squad quantity21Participant identifyKechrida

Australia

  1. Squad quantity13Participant identifyMooy

  2. Squad quantity1Participant identifyRyan

  3. Squad quantity15Participant identifyDuke

  4. Squad quantity19Participant identifySouttar

  5. Squad quantity7Participant identifyLeckie

  6. Squad quantity23Participant identifyGoodwin

  7. Squad quantity16Participant identifyBehich

  8. Squad quantity4Participant identifyRowles

  9. Squad quantity22Participant identifyIrvine

  10. Squad quantity14Participant identifyMcGree

  11. Squad quantity5Participant identifyKaracic

  12. Squad quantity9Participant identifyMaclaren

  13. Squad quantity2Participant identifyDegenek

  14. Squad quantity10Participant identifyHrustic

  15. Squad quantity26Participant identifyBaccus

  16. Squad quantity11Participant identifyMabil

Line-ups

Tunisia

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Dahmen
  • 6BronnSubstituted forKechridaat 73′minutes
  • 4Meriah
  • 3Talbi
  • 20DrägerSubstituted forSassiat 45′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Skhiri
  • 14LaïdouniBooked at 26minsSubstituted forKhazriat 67′minutes
  • 24AbdiBooked at 64mins
  • 23Sliti
  • 7Msakni
  • 9JebaliSubstituted forKhenissiat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mathlouthi
  • 2Ifa
  • 5Ghandri
  • 8Mejbri
  • 10Khazri
  • 11Khenissi
  • 12Maâloul
  • 13Sassi
  • 15Ben Romdhane
  • 18Chaalali
  • 19Jaziri
  • 21Kechrida
  • 22Ben Saïd
  • 25Ben Slimane
  • 26Hassen

Australia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ryan
  • 5KaracicSubstituted forDegenekat 75′minutes
  • 19Souttar
  • 4Rowles
  • 16Behich
  • 7LeckieSubstituted forBaccusat 85′minutes
  • 22Irvine
  • 13Mooy
  • 23GoodwinSubstituted forMabilat 85′minutes
  • 15DukeSubstituted forMaclarenat 64′minutes
  • 14McGreeSubstituted forHrusticat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Degenek
  • 6Tilio
  • 8Wright
  • 9Maclaren
  • 10Hrustic
  • 11Mabil
  • 12Redmayne
  • 17Devlin
  • 18Vukovic
  • 20Deng
  • 21Kuol
  • 24King
  • 25Cummings
  • 26Baccus

Referee:
Daniel Siebert

Attendance:
41,823

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