Qatar 2022: Carthage Eagles Dare Denmark
A second African team will continue the African challenge in the ongoing FIFA World Cup when the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia take on Denmark in their opening Group D match.
Tunisia’s captain Youssef Msakni, who missed last World Cup due to injury and was injured in the build up to this World Cup seemed to have fully recovered and is expected to play against Denmark.
Denmark also have injury worries as Frederik Ronnow and Jonas Wind will most likely not be fit to face the North Africans.
Nevertheless, Denmark manager, Kasper Hjulmand claims his team want to win something. Their best World Cup performance was in France in 1998 when they reaches the quarter-final after they defeated Nigeria 4-1 in the round of 16.
This is the first encounter between Denmark and Tunisia at the World Cup. There only previous meeting was a friendly prior to the 2002 World Cup, which the Europeans won by 2-1.
Recall that Tunisia were the first African nation to win a match at the World Cup when they defeated Mexico 3-1 in 1978.
In the group’s other match, defending champions, France will take on Australia. The last time they came to the World Cup as defending champions in 2002 they lost their opening match by a lone goal to debutants, Senegal.
Le Blues of France will defend their title without some of their key players like Karim Benzema, Christopher Nkunku, Presnel Kimpembe, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
Both sides met at the group stage of the last World Cup and the French side emerged victorious.