DOHA: Tunisia’s upset 1-Zero victory over defending champions France went in useless as Australia booked a Round of 16 berth following their overcome bottom-placed Denmark within the last spherical of Group D matches on Wednesday.
Tunisia placed on a exceptional efficiency of their final group fixture towards defending champions and marked one other upset within the ongoing world cup. The triumph, nonetheless, proved inadequate for them to safe a knockout spot as Australia edged Denmark to complete as runners-up of Group D.
The African aspect placed on a defiant present within the first half of the sport to maintain a much-changed French assault silent.
Their momentum-filled Tunisian aspect momentum simply 13 minutes into the second half received the ball once more and Aissa Laidouni performed it ahead to Wahbi Khazri, who turned and glide in the direction of the aim, stepped past two defenders earlier than slotting the ball into the far nook.
France got here near avoiding the upset defeat when Antoine Griezmann struck within the stoppage time, which was, nonetheless, dominated out for offside after a VAR assessment.
Despite failing to qualify for the knockout stage, Tunisia have one thing to have a good time as their overcome France was their first win towards European opposition at a World Cup and third general in 18 matches.
Tunisia, nonetheless, needed Australia to drop factors of their group fixture towards Denmark to permit them to make it to the following spherical however Mathew Leckie’s second-half strike spilt beans on their hopes because the Socceroos’ 1-Zero win over Denmark bolstered them to complete second in Group D standings.
World Champion France will now await Group C runners-up within the Last 16 on Sunday, whereas Australia will tackle Group C winners earlier on the identical day.