Monday Nov 21, 2022. 15:00
The Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan will see Denmark and Tunisia get Group D action underway at the 2022 World Cup, with the encounter set to take place on Tuesday Afternoon, 22 November.
Kick-off is at 3pm (SA, GMT+2)
Denmark and Tunisia will face each other for the first time at the World Cup finals this week. The only other fixture between the two nations took place in 2002 in an International Friendly, as Denmark recorded a 2-1 win over their African counterparts.
Denmark have not lost to African opposition at the World Cup, while Tunisia are yet to beat a European nation at the showpiece.
The Danish side were immaculate during their World Cup qualifying fixtures, recording eight wins from eight games while conceding no goals during this time. Considered to be a Dark Horse at the tournament, Denmark last played in a clash against France back in September, where they claimed a 2-0 win over 2018 World Cup winners France in a UEFA Nations League clash.
Speaking ahead of the tie, Christian Eriksen mentioned that he is excited to feature for his nation again and that Denmark are ‘dreaming’ of something big in the Middle East.
“Im just happy to be back,” the midfielder told reporters
“Like everyone knows it’s special to play in the world cup. I’ve been lucky to have played at one or two before but it stays special
“How far are we gonna go? I think we are dreaming of something big but in the end we have to get there so we’ll take it one game at a time.”
As for Tunisia, the African nation secured their place in the World Cup via a narrow 1-0 aggregate victory against Mail in a two-legged play-off match.
Tunisia won five of their eight World Cup qualifying encounters, while recording two stalemates along the way. The North African side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Equatorial Guinea in November last year, which was their only loss during the WC qualifiers.
In preparation for the World Cup, The Carthage Eagles faced Brazil in an International Friendly in September and succumbed to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Samba Kings.
Speaking of Tunisia’s chances in the Group, coach Jalel Kadri touched on the task of facing high quality opposition and mentioned that Denmark head into the tournament with ‘pedigree’
“It is a complicated group,” Kadri said as per World Soccer.
“France are the seeded team, the title holder with experience and maturity and one of the main favourites for the title.
“Denmark played the semi-finals of the last European championship and are a top-ten country, which tells you everything about their form and pedigree.
“Australia play in the Asian zone, but they have a European mindset.”