By Victor Kanayo
Tunisia eventually lost their second group D match at the ongoing 2022 World Cup in Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah Qatar, after a shambolic display against Australia left them on the brink of progression.
Mitchell Thomas Duke’s headed goal in the 23rd minute was all the Aussies needed to underscore their dominance over the North Africans.
The North-Africans were kept on the back foot for most of the game, watched by 41,823 spectators and German Daniel Siebert dishing out three cautions to Tunisia with none to Australia.
The Carthage Eagles are left with one point secured in their barren draw against Denmark in their opening game, while Australia secured their first win, having lost 4-1 to France in their first game on Monday, November 22.
Tunisia must now work extra hard to progress from the group as they face the daunting task of defeating France in the last group match at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, on November 30.
Australia are second with three points prior to the group’s second game of the day between France and Denmark billed to start by 5pm at Stadium 974, Doha.
They will face the Danes for the last game four days later.
Meanwhile, a Wales football fan who travelled to Qatar for the World Cup has been confirmed dead.
Kevin Davies, from Pembrokeshire, fell ill after making the 3,300-mile trip to the Middle East nation with his son and friends to watch Rob Page’s side compete.
The 62-year-old is reported to have been rushed to Hamad General Hospital, in Doha, following Wales’ match against Iran, where he later died.