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Tunisia’s historic defeat of France turns vain



 Group D – Tunisia v France – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – November 30, 2022 Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri sustains an injury as he celebrates with Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Education City Stadium, Doha, State of Qatar

Tunisia recorded an historic 1-0 win over France in the last Group match of  Group D of the World Cu. It was the first time they had beaten France in a Grade A match.

Sadly, it was in vain as they need Denmark to either hold or defeat Australia in the corresponding Group D match played simultaneusly.

As if by simulation, while Tunisia scored through Wahbi Khazri left foot, Matthew Leckie also found the net for Australia against Denmark.

France featuring nine reserved players owing to their picking qualification ahead of the game were forced to introduce Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann for a rescue mission.

 Griezman did score in stoppage-time but it was  ruled out for offside by VAR.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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