World Cup 2022: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Mitchell Duke delivers crucial victory to Australians

Michael Duke
Mitchell Duke is the second Australian to score with a header at the World Cup, after Tim Cahill who did it twice – against Serbia in 2010 and Chile in 2014

Australia held on to a narrow first-half lead to earn a crucial win over Tunisia that keeps their hopes of advancing to the World Cup knockout stages alive.

Knowing defeat would see them exit the competition quickly, Graham Arnold’s side emerged from the blocks full of energy and intent.

Mitchell Duke capitalized on their positive start when he superbly sent Craig Goodwin’s cross into the far corner to put them 1-0 up after 23 minutes.

It sparked a burst of jubilant celebration from the small contingent of Australian supporters behind the goal, which momentarily silenced the hostile and unwavering support for Tunisia.

Hissed and booed by clusters of red-draped Tunisian fans at the Al Janoub Stadium, Australia kept their cool to claim their first World Cup victory since 2010.

They survived a desperate attack from Tunisia in the second half, Youssef Msakni forcing goalkeeper Mathew Ryan into a save at his near post, although it came moments after Mathew Leckie pulled away from the connection with the cross of Goodwin 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 humiliating defeat to France in their opening game, will next face Denmark, a tough opponent but with qualification in their hands.

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Tunisia

  1. squad number16player nameDahmen

  2. squad number6player nameBronn

  3. squad number4player nameMeriah

  4. squad number3player nameTalbi

  5. squad number20player nameDräger

  6. squad number17player nameSkiri

  7. squad number14player nameLaidouni

  8. squad number24player nameAbdi

  9. squad number23player nameSliti

  10. squad numbersevenplayer nameMsakni

  11. squad number9player namejebali

  1. squad numbertenplayer nameKhazri

  2. squad number11player nameKhenisi

  3. squad number13player nameSassi

  4. squad number21player nameKechrida

Australia

  1. squad number1player nameRyan

  2. squad number5player nameKaracic

  3. squad number19player nameSudtar

  4. squad number4player nameRowles

  5. squad number16player nameBehich

  6. squad numbersevenplayer nameLeckie

  7. squad number22player nameirvine

  8. squad number13player nameMooy

  9. squad number23player nameGoodwin

  10. squad number15player nameduke

  11. squad number14player nameMcGree

  1. squad number2player nameDegenek

  2. squad number9player namemaclaren

  3. squad numbertenplayer nameHrustic

  4. squad number11player namemabil

  5. squad number26player nameBaccus

Alignments

Tunisia

Training 3-4-2-1

  • 16Dahmen
  • 6BronnReplaced byKechridaat 73′minutes
  • 4Meriah
  • 3Talbi
  • 20DrägerReplaced bySassiat 45′minutesBooked at 90 minutes
  • 17Skiri
  • 14LaidouniBooked at 26 minsReplaced byKhazriat 67′minutes
  • 24AbdiBooked at 64 mins
  • 23Sliti
  • sevenMsakni
  • 9jebaliReplaced byKhenisiat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mathlouthi
  • 2If a
  • 5Gandri
  • 8Mejbri
  • tenKhazri
  • 11Khenisi
  • 12Maaloul
  • 13Sassi
  • 15Ben Romdhane
  • 18chaalali
  • 19Jaziri
  • 21Kechrida
  • 22Ben Said
  • 25Ben Slimane
  • 26Hassen

Australia

Training 4-4-2

  • 1Ryan
  • 5KaracicReplaced byDegenekat 75′minutes
  • 19Sudtar
  • 4Rowles
  • 16Behich
  • sevenLeckieReplaced byBaccusat 85′minutes
  • 22irvine
  • 13Mooy
  • 23GoodwinReplaced bymabilat 85′minutes
  • 15dukeReplaced bymaclarenat 64′minutes
  • 14McGreeReplaced byHrusticat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Degenek
  • 6Tilio
  • 8Wright
  • 9maclaren
  • tenHrustic
  • 11mabil
  • 12Redmayne
  • 17Devlin
  • 18Vukovic
  • 20Deng
  • 21Kuol
  • 24King
  • 25cumming
  • 26Baccus

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