Arab groups are making an affect on the first World Cup within the Center East. Tunisia held European Championship semifinalist Denmark to a 0-0 draw Tuesday, three hours after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina in a surprising upset. Earlier than a stadium crammed nearly completely with its red-clad supporters, Tunisia doubtless deserved extra however an knowledgeable save shortly earlier than halftime by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel helped Denmark protect the draw. Having already gone right down to the grass after Tunisia broke by the protection, Schmeichel caught his hand as much as deflect a shot from Issam Jebali, who performs his membership ball in Denmark for Odense.
It was simply the type of save that the keeper’s father, former Manchester United nice Peter Schmeichel, used to drag off. The match marked Christian Eriksen’s return to a serious event lower than a 12 months and a half after his cardiac arrest with Denmark at Euro 2020.
Assuming his customary playmaker place, Eriksen produced a harmful long-distance shot on aim within the second half that Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen needed to bat away. And on the following nook, Denmark hit the publish. Tunisia additionally survived the possibility of a last-minute penalty for Denmark however the referee dominated to play on after a video evaluation for a doable handball.
Denmark has been probably the most outspoken critics of the event in Qatar and in the course of the pre-match warmup its gamers wore all black long-sleeve shirts over their crimson recreation jerseys to mourn migrant employees who died constructing infrastructure for soccer’s greatest occasion.
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Denmark was additionally planning on carrying the “One Love” anti-discrimination armband together with different European groups earlier than the marketing campaign was dropped when FIFA threatened handy out yellow playing cards.
Nevertheless, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who’s now chair of the Danish soccer federation’s governance and growth committee, was on the stadium carrying a coat with some delicate rainbow coloring.
Denmark has lofty targets following its efficiency ultimately 12 months’s Euro 2020 and a near-perfect qualifying marketing campaign, whereas Tunisia is in search of to advance from the group stage for the primary time in its sixth World Cup look.
After a scarcity of environment at a number of of the opening matches, the large variety of Tunisian followers inside Schooling Metropolis Stadium made it really feel like a house match for the North African group.