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Australia 1-0 Tunisia: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction & more

Australia and Tunisia clashed in Saturday’s early World Cup kick-off.


Australia headed into the game on the back of a 4-1 loss at the hands of France.

As for Tunisia, they held Denmark to a 0-0 draw earlier this week. So, if either side wanted to stand a chance of getting out of their group, they needed a win on Saturday.

And when all was said and done, Australia eked out a 1-0 win.

The game began in fairly end-to-end fashion but it was Australia who took the lead 23 minutes in.

Craig Goodwin’s cross took a deflection but still fell to Mitchell Duke, whose looping header could not be stopped by the Tunisia keeper.

Tunisia’s best chance of the first 45 came 40 minutes in when Harry Souttar blocked a certain goal from Mohamed Dräger.

The second half continued in a scrappy fashion, with Tunisia growing into the match shortly after the hour mark.

Ellyes Skhiri forced a good stop from Matt Ryan 70 minutes in. The ball was then squared to Khazri with two minutes of normal time remaining but his effort was poor.


Australia player ratings

  • Matt Ryan (6)
  • Fran Karačić (6)
  • Harry Souttar (7)
  • Kye Rowles (6)
  • Aziz Behich (6)
  • Riley McGree (5.5)
  • Aaron Mooy (7)
  • Jackson Irvine (6)
  • Mathew Leckie (5)
  • Mitchell Duke (7)
  • Craig Goodwin (6.5)

Substitutes

  • Jamie MacLaren (5)
  • Ajdin Hrustić (5)
  • Miloš Degenek (4)
  • Awer Mabil (N/A)
  • Keanu Baccus (N/A)

Tunisia player ratings

  • Aymen Dahmen (5)
  • Dylan Bronn (5)
  • Yassine Meriah (5)
  • Montassar Talbi (6)
  • Mohamed Dräger (5)
  • Ellyes Skhiri (6)
  • Aïssa Laïdouni (5)
  • Ali Al-Abdi (5)
  • Naïm Sliti (5)
  • Youssef Msakni (5)
  • Issam Jebali (5.5)

Substitutes

  • Ferjani Sassi (4)
  • Wahbi Khazri (4)
  • Wajdi Kechrida (4)
  • Taha Yassine Khenissi (3.5)

Match reaction


Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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