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Denmark vs. Tunisia score: Favored Danes drop two points in World Cup's first scoreless draw

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After the incredible and unexpected Saudi Arabia's win against Argentina in the first match of the day, Tunisia were able to stop Denmark and shared the points 0-0 after a very interesting and exciting match at the Education City Stadium in Doha despite the lack of goals. 

Tunisia had a better start to the match, creating some early chances and proving to be a much stronger opponent than expected. Denmark had some issues keeping the ball and suffered during the whole match under the pressure the African side applied. The second half started how the first one ended, and even if Denmark had two huge chances with Christian Eriksen and Andreas Cornelius, Tunisia were always in the game and defended well. 

In the final minutes of the game, the VAR called the referee to check for a potential penalty for Denmark but the referee decided to hold to his decision and didn't give the potential penalty for handball to the Danish side. It was a disappointing opening match for Denmark, who were supposed to win this game pretty easily, but today's results showed us that there the World Cup always gives us some unexpected surprises. 

Later on Wednesday France and Australia will play their opening match of the World Cup (complete standings) and as of now Denmark and Tunisia share the first place in the group stage with one point each. On Saturday Tunisia will play against Australia at 5 a.m. ET (complete schedule), while France will face Denmark at 11 a.m. 

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The game is over in Doha: Tunisia and Denmark share points after today's draw (0-0) at the Education City Stadium. 


VAR check, no penalty! 

The VAR called the referee to look for a potential penalty for Denmark after an handball inside the box, but the referee decided to overturn VAR's opinion and didn't concede the penalty. 


Five minutes to go

Five more minutes and the game will be over. Still 0-0 so far. 


Tunisia claim a penalty 

Tunisia have claimed a handball inside the box, but the referee decided to not give the penalty and the VAR didn't intervene in this case. 


Chance for Eriksen! 

Christian Eriksen had his real first chance of the match. His shot was saved by Dahmen who put the ball on his left side. From the corner, Andreas Cornelius had an incredible chance but totally missed the ball that went on the post. 


Three changes for Denmark 

The Danish coach made three changes at the same time to try something new that can have an impact on the game. Jense, Cornelius and Lindstrom are coming on the pitch. 


Another one disallowed

Even if Tunisia had once again a better start of the second half and had one nice chance to score the opening goal of the game, Denmark had Skov Olsen's goal disallowed for an offside call. 


Back in action 

The second half is underway in Doha. Let's see if we can see some goals in the second half. 


First half is over

The first part of the match is over and we are still 0-0 at the Education City Stadium in Doha. Tunisia had a better first half, and we definitely expect something more from Denmark in the second half. 


Delaney injured

First and forced change for Denmark. Thomas Delaney is forced to be subbed off and Mikkel Damsgaard has replaced him. 


What a chance! 

Again Tunisia went close to score the opening goal (even if it was offside probably). Schmeichel saved on Jebali's when he was alone in front of the Danish goalkeeper. Tunisia had 8 shots so far in this first half. 


Tunisia again!

Another chance for Tunisia. Laidouni's attempt went out but again they were close to score the opening goal of the match. Denmark are suffering more that we could expect. 


Opener was disallowed 

Tunisia's opener scored by Jebali was disallowed by the referee for an offside of the striker. Tunisia are always very dangerous when they attack. 


Denmark now pushing

The Danish side is now pushing and had two chances in the last five minutes, but nothing that could really worry Tunisian GK Dahmen. 


Chance for Tunisia! 

Tunisia have come closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening minutes with the first chance of Msakni. His attempt was deflected and went really close to the post.  


A surprising start

Tunisia started off quite well, even if there were no real chances yet. The African side had a very good approach in the game and are trying to keep the ball as much as they can. 


Here we go! 

And the match has started. Denmark are the favourites to win this game against Tunisia, but after what happened between Saudi Arabia and Argentina... never say never! 


Ten minutes to go

The match is about to start at the Education City Stadium in Doha as we speak. Let's see what the game will tell us about these two teams! 


Team news

Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Christiansen, Andersen, Kjaer, Maehle; Delaney, Eriksen, Hojbjerg; Skov Olsen, Dolberg, Kristensen. 

Tunisia XI: Dahmen; Meriah, Talbi, Bronn; Drager, Laïdouni, Skhiri, Abdi; Ben Slimane, Msakni, Jebali.


Christian Eriksen's comeback 

Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen is the man who makes things happen for Denmark. In truth, that's been the case for over a decade, and his status as a folk hero back home in Denmark was only underlined when he suffered - and then recovered from - a dramatic cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 campaign. Replacing the poise and creative excellence the 30-year-old brings to the table is no mean feat, but it's something 22-year-old Mikkel Damsgaard did with impressive competence following Eriksen's cardiac arrest. Seeing the two in the same side will be exciting indeed.


Road to Qatar

Denmark enjoyed a near-perfect World Cup qualification campaign. They topped Group F in the European qualifiers, taking 27 points from a possible 30 in a group that also featured Scotland, Israel, Austria, Faroe Islands and Moldova. Denmark also enjoyed an impressive Nations League campaign, which of course ran in conjunction with World Cup qualifying. They finished second in League A Group 1, a point behind winners Croatia but a remarkable seven clear of reigning world champions France. That, coupled with the fact Denmark made it to the semi-final of Euro 2020, inspires belief.

Tunisia topped Group B of the African World Cup qualifiers, taking 13 points from 18 in a group that also featured Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Mauritania. They then defeated Mali in the next round to secure their place at Qatar 2022, winning 1-0 across two legs. It was celebrated heartily as it came shortly after a disappointing defeat to Burkina Faso in the quarter-final of the African Cup of Nations that saw them eliminated.


Tunisia at the WC

Tunisia hold the honour of being the first African nation to win a game at a World Cup. That historic moment came in 1978 in Argentina, when they beat Mexico 3-1, although they failed to make it through the group phase on that occasion. And, in fact, they've never made it through the group phase in any of the four other attempts they've since made. Tunisia returned after a 20-year absence to compete in France in 1998. After that experience they qualified for the next two competitions - South Korea and Japan in 2002 and Germany in 2006 - before missing out on the next two only to return for Russia 2018.


Denmark at the WC

Qatar 2022 will be the sixth time Denmark have competed at a World Cup. Their first appearance came in 1986, when they captured the imagination with a fluid and attacking style in Mexico and made it to the Round of 16. They managed to go one better in 1998, when they got as far as the quarter-finals in France. Denmark then progressed as far as the Round of 16 once again in South Korea and Japan in 2002 only to fail to make it out of their group in South Africa eight years later. In Russia, back in 2018, they made it to the last 16 only to be eliminated by eventual finalists Croatia.


Welcome to Denmark-Tunisia

A new day has started and we are already in full World Cup mood right now. This is Francesco Porzio and follow us to be updated minute by minute for today's game! 


How to watch and odds

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 22 | Time: 8 a.m.
  • Location: Education City Stadium -- Al Rayyan, Qatar
  • TV: FS1 and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: Denmark -225; Draw +310; Tunisia +700 (via Caesars Sportsbook) 
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