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Tunisia, Denmark Draw in World Cup Opener


Denmark's Joakim Maehle, left, vies for the ball with Tunisia's Wajdi Kechrida during the World Cup group D soccer match in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Nov. 22, 2022.

Tunisia's Carthage Eagles kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign in an action packed Group D nil-nil draw with Denmark.

Tunisia started the match with a few attempts at goal from Mohamed Drager and a header from Youssef Msanki that went right above the cross bar in the 12th minute.

Issam Jebali had an amazing opportunity for Tunisia in the 42nd minute but goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel blocked his attempt.

Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel spreads himself to save a shot from Tunisia's forward Issam Jebali during the World Cup Group D match between Denmark and Tunisia at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar on November 22, 2022.
Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel spreads himself to save a shot from Tunisia's forward Issam Jebali during the World Cup Group D match between Denmark and Tunisia at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, Qatar on November 22, 2022.

A video assistant referee (VAR) review ruled an accidental handball by Yassine Meriah. A potential penalty kick could have been a devastating blow for Tunisia and an opportunity for the Danes.

The ball appears to hit the hand of Tunisia's Yassine Meriah before referee Cesar Arturo Ramos checks the VAR screen and rules it accidental and no penalty on November 22, 2022.
The ball appears to hit the hand of Tunisia's Yassine Meriah before referee Cesar Arturo Ramos checks the VAR screen and rules it accidental and no penalty on November 22, 2022.
Tunisia's Aymen Dahmen makes a save during Group D World Cup match against Denmark at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 22, 2022.
Tunisia's Aymen Dahmen makes a save during Group D World Cup match against Denmark at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 22, 2022.

Speaking after the match, Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri said his heart sunk as the referee was called over to consult the VAR screen.

"I can’t put into words my feelings at that moment but you can imagine it well. I thought we would get that penalty given against us and the VAR has every right to intervene," Kadri said.

"But today it was in our favor and this is what football is all about. VAR decisions have to be respected," Kadri added.

Denmark had five shots on target where Tunisia's Aymen Dahmen made some acrobatic saves to keep the ball from going into the back of the net. The Carthage Eagles had one shot on target.

Tunisia is making its sixth appearance in the World Cup, having last appeared in the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The team plays Australia in their next match, and Denmark faces off against the reigning World Cup champions France on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Some information for this report came from Reuters.

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