Denmark hit the woodwork within the second half and dominated the proceedings however failed to interrupt the impasse in opposition to the tenacious African facet.
Defender Andreas Cornelius hit the submit and Denmark additionally had a late penalty enchantment turned down, whereas Tunisia wasted two clear possibilities through the contest.
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Tunisia have been roared on by their sizeable following within the 42,925 crowd, whose deafening whistles and roars gave vitality to their facet and helped safe what had appeared an unlikely level earlier than kickoff.
Denmark thought they need to have had a penalty in stoppage time for handball that was checked on the VAR display screen by referee Cesar Arturo Ramos, however he as a substitute gave a free kick to Tunisia for a foul within the build-up.
Denmark would have hoped to create extra possibilities within the sport, however their greatest got here late within the second half when Cornelius solely needed to nod the ball over the road on the again submit, however as a substitute flicked it onto the woodwork.
Tunisia, who this week had spoken of their delight at qualifying for the World Cup in an Arab nation, have been fired up from the primary whistle, celebrating every sort out like a objective, and had two glorious possibilities to open the scoring.
The primary fell to Denmark-based Issam Jebali when he discovered himself one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel, however couldn’t beat the Danish goalkeeper, who made a wonderful, instinctive save.
The second noticed Aissa Laidouni race clear from his personal half, however as he approached the Denmark penalty space, he hesitated and opted for a move that was not on fairly than advancing 10 yards and having an effort on objective.
Within the context of the sport, each may have a look at it as two factors dropped, however Tunisia will definitely be the happier given the low stage of expectation positioned on them – from outdoors their camp a minimum of – going into the event.
There have been different possibilities within the sport as nicely. Proper again Mohamed Drager noticed his shot from 25-yards deflected off defender Andreas Christensen and go simply large with Schmeichel rooted to the spot.
Christian Eriksen was pulling the strings for the Danes however they struggled at instances to get him onto the ball. When he did discover a pocket of area simply outdoors the Tunisian field, his shot was nicely saved by Aymen Dahmen within the Tunisia objective.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand will probably be sweating on a knee harm to midfielder Thomas Delaney that pressured him off within the first half.
Tunisia defended resolutely and threatened on the counter because the Danes struggled to interrupt them down. Ultimately Tunisia’s followers have been delighted with some extent that set them up for his or her subsequent sport in opposition to Australia on Saturday, whereas Denmark face France of their second group sport.
(With inputs from businesses)