Denmark 0-0 Tunisia: PLAYER NOTES as Christian Eriksen’s side held

Denmark 0-0 Tunisia: PLAYER NOTES as Christian Eriksen’s side held

Christian Eriksen is back in major competition as goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Aymen Dahmen make the best saves… but Andreas Cornelius fails: PLAYER RATINGS after Denmark miss a golden chance to seal a European Cup victory world against Tunisia

Denmark and Tunisia played out the first goalless draw of the 2022 World Cup, but the game was not without action as both teams squandered good chances to claim all three points.

Both Group D sides had the ball in the net before seeing offside calls against them on an afternoon when Christian Eriksen returned to a major tournament for the first time since collapsing on the pitch at the Euros 2020 last year.

sports mail take a look at how both teams fared at the Education City stadium with our player ratings.

DENMARK (4-3-3)

Kasper Schmeichel – No longer a Premier League force but still a top-class keeper after making what is likely to be one of the tournament’s saves to deny Jebali in the first half. 8

Kasper Schmeichel made a first-class save to deny Tunisia in the first half

Kasper Schmeichel made a first-class save to deny Tunisia in the first half

Joachim Anderson – Seemed to be targeted by Tunisia but after a tough start developed into the game and eventually produced a composed second half. 6

Simon Kjaer – Left shortly after the hour mark after largely implementing a largely error-free display. The captain, however, struggled to inspire his team and was too slow to distribute play from the back. 6

Andreas Christensen – Good performance from Barcelona and the former Chelsea player who managed several key counterattacks to keep Tunisia at bay. seven

Rasmus Kristensen – Took a stern booking but couldn’t quite agree with Eriksen on the right to sink Denmark’s attack. 6

Thomas Delaney – Grew up in the first half after failing to master the game, but was forced into injury on the stroke of half after clumsily falling in a challenge. 6

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – The Tottenham midfielder was one of the Danish players who had a better first half than in the second, with a long distance run well saved by the Tunisian stopper. 6

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg nearly scored for Denmark with a long-range effort

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg nearly scored for Denmark with a long-range effort

Joakim Maehle – Largely ineffective on the left side, but started to gain influence once Denmark made their second-half substitutions and pressed for a winner. 6.5

Andreas Skov Olsen – Found the net for Denmark but the game had already been properly brought down for offside. Otherwise, did nothing else to threaten before departure. 5

Kasper Dolberg – Didn’t contribute much either apart from a shot at the near post which Skov Olsen should have attacked to score. 5

Christian Erikson – Didn’t miss a step. Set pieces caused all sorts of problems for Tunisia and he will be a key player for Denmark in these finals. 8

Christian Eriksen was at his creative best on set pieces at least for Denmark on Tuesday

Christian Eriksen was at his creative best on set pieces at least for Denmark on Tuesday

SUBSTITUTES

Mathias Jensen – Brought energy to Denmark’s attack after coming on. Took one for the team after being penalized for a professional foul to stop a counter-attack. 6.5

Mikkel Damsgaard – Replaced injured Delaney, but he too didn’t find the creative edge to break down Tunisia who were comfortable defending against him. 5

Andreas Cornelius – Substituted for Skov Olsen to provide more threat, but ultimately missed the golden chance to score the winning goal when he failed to head in just two yards. 5

Jesper Lindstrom – Had little impact on the game and was just as ineffective as Denmark’s other substitutes. 6

Andreas Cornelius (21) failed to turn his head later to win the game for Denmark

Andreas Cornelius (21) failed to turn his head later to win the game for Denmark

TUNISIA (3-4-3)

Aymen Dahmen – Like his counterpart, was close to flawless and made a few key saves while looking calm as he came off his line to collect crosses. 8

Montassar Talbi – Held down the left side of the back three well and was often alert enough to produce crucial clearances. seven

Yassine Meriah – Survived the late penalty for handball which would have likely cost Tunisia a vital World Cup point after a strong performance. seven

Dylan Bronn – Saw the ball little, but was part of a stubborn three-man back that left Denmark extremely frustrated in their quest for victory. 6

Mohammad Drager – Had a shot in the first half that took a bad deflection before going just wide of Schmeichel’s goal. Replaced by standing applause late. seven

Ellyes Skhiri – Excellent exposure in the middle of the park. Contribute to the defense while playing a role in the Tunisian attacks up the field as well as on the counter. seven

Aissa Laidouni – Set the tone early with a crisp tackle on Eriksen and never let up afterwards. Produced a tireless display that helped inflame the Tunisian fans. seven

Tunisia's Aissa Laidouni put in an energetic performance as Tunisia grabbed a vital draw

Tunisia’s Aissa Laidouni put in an energetic performance as Tunisia grabbed a vital draw

Ali Abdi – Officially down as a midfielder, but seemed to spend most of the game playing as an extra defender. Either way, it proved effective in winning a draw. 6.5

Anis Ben Slimane – One of Tunisia’s least effective stars – rarely seeing the ball before being substituted with 23 minutes left. seven

Issam Jebali – Had a goal ruled out after a cool finish but probably should have scored after being played on goal in a one-on-one with Schmeichel. seven

Youssef Msakni – An excellent performance from the Tunisian captain who set an example in his tireless coverage of the field in defense and attack before being replaced after having set foot in the hard. 8.5

SUBSTITUTES

Naim Sliti – Didn’t have too many chances to attack after arriving, but when he did he had to be hacked to prevent a dangerous counter from developing. 6

Issam Jebali was a constant attacking threat for Tunisia as they secured a World Cup point

Issam Jebali was a constant attacking threat for Tunisia as they secured a World Cup point

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *