Australia’s Socceroos ruin Tunisia’s chances

Australia’s Socceroos ruin Tunisia’s chances
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Australia’s Craig Goodwin in action with Tunisia’s Mohamed Drager REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, State of Qatar

Tunisia’s chances of scaling the group stage hurdles into Round of 16 has taken a big blow as they lost 1-0 the Socceroos of Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium this Saturday.

A first-half header from Mitch Duke was enough to see off Tunisia and ignite Australia’s hopes of progressing to the World Cup knockout stages.

Duke converted Craig Goodwin’s left-wing cross in the 23rd minute with the Socceroos having to withstand some late pressure to secure a win that means they head into their final Group D clash with Denmark with all to play for.

Tunisia have a solitary point from their two games and will have to beat defending champions France on Wednesday and hope other results go their way.

Tunisia were looking to qualify from their FIFA World Cup group for the first time. The 1-0 loss has put that dream on hold. When they played a 0-0 with Denmark in their first match, it was their first clean sheet at the World  Cup since 1978 when they played a 0-0 draw with the then West Germany.

For Australia, their 1-0 win means a first clean sheet since 1974.

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