◤FIFA World Cup in Qatar◢ Wahbi Khazri on target as he helps Tunisia shock his nation of birth France 1-0..
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◤FIFA World Cup in Qatar◢ Wahbi Khazri on target as he helps Tunisia shock his nation of birth France 1-0..

Tunisia shockingly beat France 1-0 in the final round of the Group D group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Wednesday, to leave the latter a stain in this tournament’s performance despite they were going out.  

 

 

 

Soon after the start of the first half, Tunisia had already launched waves after waves of strong attacks. Ghandri’s half-volley from a free kick ended up at the back of the net, but was disallowed for offside. Slimane’s header from close range was saved, while Khazri’s long shot was parried away. In the second half, Laïdouni’s shot from a difficult angle skied into the crowd. Then, Khazri scored after a solo effort in a quick counterattack. After that, France fought back, Dembélé’s long-range shot was parried away, Mbappé’s shot from a difficult angle was also parried away, and Kolo Muani’s volleys was just slightly wide of the post. At the critical moment, Griezmann succeeded in scoring from a close-range follow-up shot, but was ruled invalid for offside. In the end, Tunisia’s rare 1-0 victory over France created a great deal of shock.

First Half

 

In the 8th minute, Tunisia got a free kick opportunity. Wahbi Khazri took the free kick from outside the penalty area and crossed it into box, Nader Ghandri quickly followed and half-volleyed into the bottom right corner of the net with his right foot, but the linesman immediately raised his flag, and the VAR assistant referee also immediately intervened. After the checking of the VAR video playback, the referee team unanimously agreed that Ghandri’s right arm was in an offside position, hence the goal was ruled out. France escaped from being punished!

 

In the 30th minute, Aïssa Laïdouni made a low-cross into the box from the edge of the byline on the left side of the box. Anis Slimane quickly followed up and attempted with a header from a very close distance in the center of the box, however his effort was held onto by Steve Mandanda.

 

5 minutes later, Slimane passes horizontally from the right wing, the ball was initially blocked off not far away by Raphaël Varane, Wahbi Khazri quickly followed up and took a long shot with his left foot from outside the penalty area, but his shot was parried away by Mandanda and then blocked out for a corner by Axel Disasi.

 

At the end of the first half, Tunisia and France entered half time having been goalless each.

 

Second Half

 

Both teams switched sides as the game continued. In the 52nd minute, Ellyes Skhiri made a through low diagonal pass from near the center circle of the midfield, Aïssa Laïdouni successfully beaten the offside trap, quickly followed up, got the ball, dribbled and cut into the byline of the left side of the box past the defending Youssouf Fofana before shooting with his right foot from a difficult angle, but his shot flew high out of the pitch.

 

7 minutes later, Tunisia made a deadly quick counterattack. Laïdouni passes from the center circle of the midfield, Wahbi Khazri quickly followed up, got the ball, dribbled into the middle of the box and shot into the bottom right corner of the net with his left foot against Disasi who was making a sliding tackle. Tunisia broken the deadlock and took a 1-0 lead against the run of play! Since Khazri was born in France, it is ironic to watch him become the star who breaks the heart of Les Bleus!

 

In the 80th minute, Antoine Griezmann passes horizontally from the right wing, Ousmane Dembélé got the ball, turned around, took a a few steps, before unleashing a left-footed long shot from outside the penalty area, but his shot was parried away by Aymen Dahmen who had to dive towards the bottom left corner.

 

9 minutes later, Eduardo Camavinga made passes from the left wing, Kylian Mbappé got the ball, dribbled and cut into the edge of the left side of the box, before shooting with his right foot from a difficult angle, but his shot was parried away by Dahman who had to got down on the floor.

 

France came again shortly after, Griezmann passes horizontally from the left wing, Randal Kolo Muani stopped the ball and volleyed with his right foot from just the the outside of the penalty area, however his shot was just slightly wide of the right post.

 

In the 8th minute of stoppage time, Aurélien Tchouaméni sent an overhead pass into the box from the left wing, the attempt was initially headed not far away by Ghandri, Antoine Griezmann quickly followed up and made a right-footed follow-up shot from a very close distance on the right side of the box after picking up the loose ball which ended up in the bottom left corner of the net, but the VAR assistant referee immediately intervened. The referee went to the sidelines to watch the VAR video playback and confirmed that Griezmann was offside, hence the goal was disallowed!

 

As the final whistle is blown, France lost 0-1 to Tunisia and could not advance to the knockout round of 16 with a 100% win record.

 

 

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