Tunisia’s historic FIFA World Cup win over France - in pictures

Despite a historic win over France, Tunisia was knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after finishing third in Group D after France and Australia and just over Denmark.

Despite a historic win over France, Tunisia was knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after finishing third in Group D after France and Australia and just over Denmark.

Tunisia fans celebrated at full time after their team beat World Champions France 1-0 during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between against France at Education City Stadium on Wednesday.

Tunisia fans celebrated at full time after their team beat World Champions France 1-0 during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between against France at Education City Stadium on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

It was a bittersweet win which Tunisia will remember for posterity as the African nation registered its first win over France in over fifty years on Wednesday.

The 1-0 win didn’t prevent the side from crashing out of the FIFA World Cup as the team finished third in the group with four points as Australia beat Denmark 1-0 in the other group match to finish second with six points and qualify for the round of 16.

Tunisia finished third in group D after France and Australia. Denmark, which did not win a single game but drew against Tunisia, finished at the bottom.

Tunisia finished third in group D after France and Australia. Denmark, which did not win a single game but drew against Tunisia, finished at the bottom. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

French-born Wahbi Khazri scored the only goal of the game as Tunisia upset World Cup holders France at the Education City Stadium.

Tunisia’s win ended France’s run of six consecutive wins in World Cups. Their last defeat in the tournament came in 2014 in the quarterfinals against Germany.

Khazri steered home a 58th-minute winner amid a cluster of defenders for only a third victory at six World Cup tournaments for Tunisia but they were still eliminated.


Bittersweat: Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri (R) and Ellyes Skhiri seen after Tunisia’s historic win over France. The result however could not prevent a World Cup exit for the Carthage Eagles.

Bittersweat: Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri (R) and Ellyes Skhiri seen after Tunisia’s historic win over France. The result however could not prevent a World Cup exit for the Carthage Eagles. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Khazri, who grew up in Corsica and plays in Ligue 1 for Montpellier, was one of six players in the Tunisian line-up who were born on French soil and he was capped by France at Under-21 level.

There is a large Tunisian community in France who will savour the result, the country’s first win against European opposition at a World Cup and just their third ever in 18 matches at the tournament.

Tunisia’s Ellyes Skhiri threw his boots to Tunisia fans after the match REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Tunisia’s Ellyes Skhiri threw his boots to Tunisia fans after the match REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch | Photo Credit: REUTERS

France, who made nine changes for this match from the team that beat Denmark and had already booked their place in the knockout stages, finished top of Group D on goal difference from runners-up Australia, who beat Denmark 1-0 at the same time.

Deschamps did the same thing he did four years ago. The result then was a soporific 0-0 draw which did not ultimately stop France from winning the title. This time France’s second string performed as if they had never played together before and Tunisia -- with a partisan crowd behind them -- sensed their chance as they looked to get beyond the group stage at a World Cup for the first time.

It was a tense game for the Tunisian fans watching in the stadium and back home.

It was a tense game for the Tunisian fans watching in the stadium and back home. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

The win was almost snuffed out by Antoine Griezmann when he found the back of the net in the eighth minute of stoppage time. After stunning the Tunisian fans to silence, VAR disallowed the goal.

The French forward was standing in an offside position before the free kick was delivered into the Tunisia penalty area.

France’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrated after scoring his team’s first goal, which would have levelled scores and prevented a loss for the defending champions.

France’s forward Antoine Griezmann celebrated after scoring his team’s first goal, which would have levelled scores and prevented a loss for the defending champions. | Photo Credit: AFP

His presence was deemed to have interfere in the Tunisia defender’s action which helped Griezmann score the goal.

While the referee gave the goal, he was asked to double check the action on the VAR screen. After a review, the referee, Matthew Conger, overturned his decision to disallow France’s equaliser.

Griezmann (bottom, 2nd L) shot to score a goal which was later disallowed for offside

Griezmann (bottom, 2nd L) shot to score a goal which was later disallowed for offside | Photo Credit: v

Tunisia and France share a tense political history given their colonial past. Some Tunisian fans even whistled at the French national anthem when it was played before kickoff.

There was more political flavour to an already charged up game when a fan invaded the pitch, holding what looked like a Palestine flag.

A pitch invader is apprehended by security during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between Tunisia and France.

A pitch invader is apprehended by security during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between Tunisia and France. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

France will now take on the runners-up in Group C, which will be determined later on Wednesday. 

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