FIFA World Cup 2022: Tunisia upsets France and Australia beat Denmark

Tunisia stuns France but is eliminated from World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup is a mega event. not because of its size and following but also for the upsets and surprises it witnesses in each of its editions. As the preliminary group matches are heading for a conclusion, surprises continue unabated. Today was a day that belonged to Tunisia which recorded only its second win in 17 FIFA World Cup matches. And the win was so big that it sent hundreds of Tunisians accompanying the team to Qatar in some anxious moments before they ruptured into celebrations. Their team had surprised the defending champions and group leaders France by a solitary goal. Just seconds before the wastage time period ended, France scored through Griezmann. The goal had French supporters in the stands uncontrollably but only momentarily. The referee went for VAR and seconds later reversed his decision naming Griezmann offside. French spectators’ agony had Tunisian fans joyous and excited.

A major upset had become part of the FIFA World Cup history. Though it ended in a 0-1 defeat for France, it did not take away the group leader position from the defending champions on better goal difference. France finished with six points. Though Australia, who in another group match, defeated Denmark by a solitary second-half goal, to make the last 16 rounds for the first time since 2006, also finished with six points. It, however, had to console itself with the runner-up position in the group as it had a lower goal difference.

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Tunisia defeated France but the holders still finished on top of Group D. Wahbi Khazri scored for the Tunisians in the 58th minute to give the lead but it wasn’t enough to get them into the round of 16. Australia beat Denmark 1-0 in another Group D game and finished second on goal difference. Tunisia was fantastic from start to finish and thoroughly deserved the points.  France, who made nine changes for this match, now takes on the runners-up in Group C, which will be concluded later in the day.

Prabhjot Singh

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