Denmark were left to ponder a frustrating 2022 FIFA World Cup Group D opener as Tunisia earned a deserved point after a late VAR decision went in their favour.
When referee Cesar Ramos was asked to check an incident where Christian Eriksen’s corner hit the arm of Tunisia’s Yassine Meriah, the African side must have feared the worse.
But Ramos decided it did not merit a spot-kick and Tunisia, who have never qualified from the group stage, could celebrate a job well done.
They created the better first-half chances and Denmark were indebted to a brilliant save from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to deny Issam Jebali from scoring.
The Danes improved after the break and Andreas Skov Olsen had a goal disallowed for offside before Andreas Cornelius somehow failed to score when he headed against a post.
But they could not find a breakthrough and must regroup before facing defending champions France on Friday, while Tunisia tackle Australia on Saturday, November 26.
Sporting News was tracking live scoring updates and highlights for Denmark vs. Tunisia at the 2022 World Cup. See below for complete results from the Group D match in Qatar.
Denmark vs. Tunisia final score
Confirmed starting lineups:
Denmark: (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Schmeichel (GK) – 2. Andersen, 4. Kjaer, 6. A. Christensen 13. Kristensen – 23. Hojbjerg, 10. Eriksen, 8. Delaney (Damsgaard-45), 5. Maehle – 11. Olsen, 12. Dolberg
Tunisia: 3-4-2-1, right to left: 16. Dahmen (GK) – 3. Talbi, 4. Meriah, 6. Bronn – 20. Drager, 17. Skhiri, 14. Laidouni, 18. Abdi – 25. Slimane, 7. Msakni – 19. Jebali
Denmark vs. Tunisia live updates, highlights from 2022 World Cup
FULL-TIME: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia
Great result for Tunisia, who more than deserved that point. Setback for Denmark, with France and Australia also in this group.
97th minute: We’re still playing…
90th min+4: Christian Eriksen swings in another corner and the ball appears to hit the hand of Tunisia’s Yassine Meriah. It takes a while but a VAR review is signalled. But no! Referee Cesar Ramos decides it is not a penalty. Would certainly have been a harsh one.
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After a VAR check, no penalty was awarded for a handball pic.twitter.com/D6MIZtNvtQ
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90th min: Just the five minutes of added time, for a change.
88th min: Wajdi Kechrida and and Ferjani Sassi are on for Tunisia. Can anyone find a winner?
85th min: Tunisia sub Taha Yassine Khenissi goes into the book for a late challenge on Andreas Cornelius.
83rd min: Nearly an inauspicious start from Hannibal as he tracks back to tackle Joakim Maehle as he drives to the left byline. The Danish defender seemed to be taken down after clipping the ball over Hannibal, but the referee decides the ball had already gone out.
79th min: Cheers from the Tunisan fans as Hannibal Mejbri, on loan at Birmingham City from Manchester United, makes his entrance. Taha Yassine Khenissi is also on, with Issam Jebali and Youssef Msakni making way. 77th min: Denmark substitute Mathias Jensen becomes the second player to go into the book for a sliding challenge on Naim Sliti.
72nd min: Tunisia are demanding a penalty after the ball appears to hit a Danish hand in a goalmouth melee, but VAR opts against reviewing the incident. The African side are furious with that decision.
70th min: From the resultant corner, Andreas Christensen plants a firm header across goal and Andreas Cornelius, falling forwards, manages to head it against the far post. How he has not scored there?
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69th min: Christian Eriksen, who has taken over the captaincy with Kjaer’s departure, forces Aymen Dahmen to tip his left-foot drive from the edge of the area over the top.
67th min: Change for Tunisia as Naim Sliti comes on for Anis Ben Slimane.
65th min: Triple change for Denmark, who bring on Mathias Jensen, Andreas Cornelius and Jesper Lindstrom, with Kasper Dolberg, Andreas Skov Olsen and Simon Kjaer heading off.
61st min: Some neat first-time passing from Denmark takes them into the Tunisia penalty area and Andreas Skov Olsen puts in a dangerous ball that the Africans do well to clear for a corner. But Christian Eriksen’s set-piece comes to nothing. Who is going to grab hold of this game?
55th min: Denmark have the ball in the net after a smart left-foot finish from Andreas Skov Olsen when the ball falls nicely for him in the box, but the flag goes up for an earlier offside.
50th min: Great break out from Tunisia’s Anis Ben Slimane, who bears down on the Denmark penalty area but as he tries to slide it across for Issam Jebali, a Danish defender gets back to clear for a corner.
46th min: We’re back underway and it’s a great start from Tunisia as Mohamed Drager whips in a ball from the right flank that deflects off Joachim Andersen for a corner.
HALF-TIME: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia
Intriguing game with Tunisia having the best chances and Denmark looking dangerous from set-pieces through Christian Eriksen’s deliveries, but still goalless at the break.
45th min+4: Christian Eriksen whips in a dangerous free-kick but Tunisia do well to clear their lines.
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45th min: A blow for Denmark as Thomas Delaney is forced off after injuring himself in a tackle. Might be his hamstring. Mikkel Damsgaard, one of three Brentford players in the Danish squad, is on in his place. We’re into four minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
42nd min: Great save! Tunisia dangerman Issam Jebali is through and attempts to chip it over Kasper Schmeichel but the Denmark goalkeeper does brilliantly to divert it with his right hand just wide of the post.
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38th min: Tunisia have a corner. It breaks to Aissa Laidouni in the box and the Ferencvaros midfielder gives it an almighty clatter but it whistles past the right post. Close.
32nd min: Tunisia’s Mohamed Drager works his way into the Denmark penalty area and flicks the ball inside with the heel of his right foot, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gets a foot in – legally – despite Drager’s claims he was brought down. Plenty of whistles from the Tunisia supporters though.
30th min: A lovely floated ball from Simon Kjaer finds Andreas Skov Olsen bearing in on goal, but a Tunisian boot clears just as the Danish striker was about to pull the trigger.
24th min: Denmark’s Rasmus Kristensen becomes the first player to be booked for a late challenge.
22nd min: Denied! Issam Jebali races clear from halfway for Tunisia and keeps his composure to steer a left-foot shot past Kasper Schmeichel, but a late flag rules it out for offside. The correct call, in fairness.
20th min: Better from Denmark, who force a corner which Christian Eriksen swings in and Joachim Andersen meets with a firm header towards goal, but Tunisia get it away.
18th min: It’s all a bit rushed and unconvincing from Denmark at the moment. Tunisia are hustling them into mistakes. Striker Issam Jebali gets a foot in to break up an a Danish attack before it even gets started.
12th min: From the corner, Youssef Msakni glances a near-post header just over the bar. Promising start for Tunisia.
11th min: Close! Tunisia’s Mohamed Drager lets fly and his shot takes a deflection off Andreas Christensen which just whistles past Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post.
3rd min: Aissa Laidouni is pumped for this one! He robs Christian Eriksen in the box and is celebrating like Tunisia have won the game.
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Aissa Laidouni is HYPED for Tunisia’s FIFA World Cup opener 😤 pic.twitter.com/uFeS8K0r3x
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1st min: And we’re underway. Denmark on the attack inside the first 30 seconds, and they’ve won a corner.
5 mins to kickoff: It’s time for the anthems…
15 mins to kickoff: Denmark have only once lost in their World Cup opener, while Tunisia have not triumphed for 44 years in their first game at the finals.
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30 mins to kickoff: The teams are out on the pitch warming up. Not long until these sides begin their World Cup campaigns – and they can take inspiration from the entertainment Saudi Arabia and Argentina provided in a huge upset to start the day!
60 mins to kickoff: He’s back! Read the story of how playmaker Eriksen returned to the squad.
80 mins to kickoff: Denmark look like this – Christian Eriksen makes his return to a finals tournament!
90 mins to kickoff: Here’s how Tunisia start!
— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) November 22, 2022
120 mins to kickoff: Kadri also had something to say to the fans yesterday. “I have a message to pass on to the Tunisians,” he said.
“Know that the entire national team has only one objective: to make Tunisia proud. We did not come for nothing – we are determined to win and move on to the second round.”
150 mins to kickoff: Tunisia head coach Jalel Kadri was not cagey when he was asked about his plans if his side fail to escape the group stage.
“If we do not reach the knockout phase of the 2022 World Cup, I will leave,” said the 50-year-old, who was appointed in January.
“I have a contract based on results and being eliminated from the group stage will be a failure for me.”
180 mins to kickoff: Their 5-1 defeat to Brazil at the Parc des Princes wasn’t ideal preparation for Tunisia, but before then they were on a seven-game unbeaten run.
The Carthage Eagles kept clean sheets in all of those games and won five times, including a 2-0 victory over Chile and a 3-0 triumph against Japan.
210 mins to kickoff: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the first game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup for Denmark and Tunisia!
Denmark vs. Tunisia lineups
Below are the confirmed starting lineups for both teams ahead of their match at the Education City Stadium.
Denmark confirmed starting 11
Denmark: (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Schmeichel (GK) – 2. Andersen, 4. Kjaer, 6. A. Christensen 13. Kristensen – 23. Hojbjerg, 10. Eriksen, 8. Delaney, 5. Maehle – 11. Olsen, 12. Dolberg
There are no injury concerns for Denmark, with defender Andreas Christensen recovering from an ankle injury to see minutes with Barcelona before heading to the World Cup.
Playmaker Christian Eriksen makes his first appearance at a finals since suffering a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020. Read the story of his return here.
Tunisia confirmed starting 11
3-4-2-1, right to left: 16. Dahmen (GK) – 3. Talbi, 4. Meriah, 6. Bronn – 20. Drager, 17. Skhiri, 14. Laidouni, 18. Abdi – 25. Slimane, 7. Msakni – 19. Jebali
Tunisia midfielder Ellyes Skhiri is in the starting lineup despite suffering a fractured cheekbone in late October, while captain Youssef Msakni is also included despite missing domestic minutes through injury in recent weeks.
Denmark vs. Tunisia live stream, TV channel
The match will start at 4 p.m. local time and take place at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, which opened in June 2020 and has a capacity of 45,350.
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