Tunisia 1-0 France, FIFA World Cup Highlights: Khazri scores the winner, Qatar 2022 updates

Tunisia vs France: Read the live updates of the FIFA World Cup Group D match, TUN vs FRA, being played at the Education City Stadium, in Qatar.

Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against France during a World Cup group D soccer match at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against France during a World Cup group D soccer match at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. | Photo Credit: AP

Tunisia vs France: Read the live updates of the FIFA World Cup Group D match, TUN vs FRA, being played at the Education City Stadium, in Qatar.

Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the FIFA World Cup match between Tunisia and France, being played at the Education City Stadium in Qatar.

Matchday trivia!
Tunisia is the first team to beat France in a World Cup game since Germany in the 2014 quarter-final. But its first-ever World Cup win against a European nation - the reigning champion - still was not enough.
Wahbi Khazri is the first African player to score in three consecutive starts in World Cup history, as well as having participated in Tunisia’s last five goals in the tournament (3 goals, 2 assists).

Match Report: FIFA World Cup: Tunisia eliminated despite beating France 1-0 in final group match

Full Time! Tunisia 1-0 France
A goal of individual brilliance by Wahbi Khazri secured three points for Tunisia, but it was not enough as Tunisia and Denmarkare eventually eliminated and France finishing the group as the topper with seven points.

Why was the goal disallowed? Read here: Griezmann’s goal ruled offside, explained

New Zealander referee Matthew Conger disallows a goal from France’s forward #07 Antoine Griezmann after a VAR review during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between Tunisia and France at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 30, 2022.

New Zealander referee Matthew Conger disallows a goal from France’s forward #07 Antoine Griezmann after a VAR review during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between Tunisia and France at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 30, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

90+8 ‘ Goal disallowed!
Antoinne Griezmann scored in the final second of second half injury time, but a VAR check saw the Frenchman in an offside position and the goal was ruled out.
90+5’

Jebai fould Camavinga, and the free-kick is taken quickly. France tries an attack along the wings with Dembele crossing from the right and once that is cleared, Mbappe tries a shot from the left, which goes out for a goal kick.

90+2’

France gets a free-kick and Mbappe and Griezmann step up for it. The PSG winger takes it and hits the wall. But on the return, he shoots right on target and Dahmen catches it comfortably.

90’ Chance! Muani misses by a whisker
It is France taking shots one after the other now. Muani tries a long ranger from outside the box and the ball whizzes past the target after a dip and bounce.
89’

Lovely run by Mbappe along the left flank, cuts in to his right and shoots, forcing a save by Dahmen and Tunisia hang by a striung to its one-goal lead at the Education City Stadium.

87’

Les Blues is playing the way a defending champion plays, dominating possession as Tunisia feels the World Cup round of 16 spot slipping away from its hands after Australia leads against Denmark.

85’

Mbappe switches play from the left to right for Dembele, who crosses it for Rabiot and the Juventus midfielder fails to find a proper contact on the ball, as it bounces off-target.

82’

Save! Griezmann shoots from the corner and after Muani gets the ball to Dembele, he shoots another shot on target. Les Blues has looked a different team after the changes were made by Deschamps, late in the second half.

79’

Save! France, with four of its first-team regulars on the pitch, is finally seeing the match tilt to its favour. Mbappe, Griezmann and Rabiot combine with Griezmann finally entering the box. The box, cleared by Maaloul, is received by Dembele, who shoots on target and Dahman manages to get a touch to it and steer it away.

75’

Change in personnel for Tunisia as well. Ghaylen Chaaleli replaces Ali Ben Romdhane. Romdhane had been a continuous threat against Les Blues tonight.

72’

Skhiri makes a great run, dribbles past three French players, but is eventually stopped and Deschamps makes more additions to its arsenal on the field, with Griezmann replacing Fofana.

70’

France is looking to draw Tunisia in its half in order to release Mbappe, thanks to his blistering pace and Tunisia spots it, dispossesses Rabiot and Maaloul gets the ball to Romdhane. The ball moves from the winger to Jebali, who is fouled by Tchouameni.

67’

France shifts its gear after a rather disappointing attacking performance so far, with Mbappe and Rabiot trying to build an attack. Meanwhile Tchouameni tries to get the ball off Jebali and the Tunisian looks to have taken a knock. However, he gets back on his feet as match resumes.

63’ Triple change for France!
In: William Saliba, Adrian Rabiot, Kylian Mbappe , Out: Raphael Varane, Jordan Veretout, Kingsley Coman
Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri celebrates scoring their first goal.

Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri celebrates scoring their first goal. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

60’

That was the last touch for Khazri and what a touch it has been. He is replaced by Issam Jebali.

58’ GOAL! Khazri scores for Tunisia
Wahbi Khazri carries the ball from the midfield to the final third and enters the penalty box and shoots with his left foot on the stretch to give Tunisia the lead.
55’

Tunisia fans continue to raise their volume as France and its manager Didier Deschamps looks nervous, struggling to find a grip on the game so far.

52’

Laidouni tries to get to the ball and steals it off Fofana and tries a shot that whizzes past over the crossbar. The France players appeal for a foul, but the referee does not see enough to blow his whistle. The defender is attended by the medical team and he is back on his feet.

Matchday trivia!
France had just two shots on target int he first half against Tunisia, its fewest in a first half of a group stage match in the FIFA World Cup since 1966.
47’

France puts its foot on the gas and Tchouameni makes a run into the opposition box and is stopped by Khazri. After a VAR check, no penalty is given as Tunisia attempts to restart its attacking flow, as it did in the first half.

Second half begins!
Guendouzi gets the ball rolling for France in the second half. No changes from either side at half-time.

How can Tunisia qualify from here?

A win for Tunisia may just take it to the round of 16 if Australia vs Denmark ends as a draw. In case Australia wins, Tunisia, despite a win, will be out.

If Australia loses and Tunisia wins, the team with a higher goal difference between Denmark and Tunisia will make the cut for the tournament.

Half-Time! TUN 0-0 FRA
After a disallowed goal by Nader Ghandri and a save by Mandanda off Khazri’s shot, the first half of the match ends goalless with France enjoying a comfortable immunity from elimination here, in Qatar at the moment.
44’

In the other, Australia and Denmark are both locked goalless as well. If both games end with the same scoreline, Australia will be through to the last 16, below France.

42’

France will look to take some solace from the perforamnce of its defenders Konate, Varane, Camavinga and Disase with Disase making a great interception from a Khazri cross to deny a tap-in for Tunisia.

40’

Coman tries a run along the right flank and crosses to the centre. Ghandri, who saw his goal being ruled out, clears the ball out of danger.

35’ Save! Mandanda to the rescue
Khazri tries a long ranger from outside the box and catches Mandanda off-guard. However, the France veteran still makes a good reflex save to deny Tunisia its opening goal.
34’

France attacks against the run of play with Fofana sprinting with the ball, from the midfield to the final third, but Tunisia clears it eventually.

Matchday trivia!
At 37 years and 247 days old, Steve Mandanda will become the oldest player ever to appear for the French national team, surpassing Bernard Lama from September 2000 v England (37 years and 148 days).
32’

Tunisia’s croner is headed away for another corner by Camavinga and the second time, too, Camavinga clears the ball away.

30’

Tunisia goes for an attack and a cross is def to Khazri from the left, but Konate gets to it first. Another attempt by Tunisia sees the ball headed on target, but Mandanda clings to the ball with a timely jump.

28’

Les Blues finally looks to claw back control in the match and Kechrida tries to get the ball back from Camavinga and ends up getting a yellow card for the late challenge. First yellow card of the match.

France’s Kingsley Coman shoots at goal agaonst Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup Group D match.

France’s Kingsley Coman shoots at goal agaonst Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup Group D match. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

25’ Chance for France!
Konate steals the ball off Tunisia, carries it from the midfield to the final third of his opponent and passes to Coman on his left. Coman shoots with his first touch, but it is just wide off-target.
24’

France has scored six goals in the tournament so far, but a rather new squad, with nine changes has seen them fail to have a shot on target so far in this game. Tunisia, clearly, has looked the mor dominant side.

21’

All the goal scorers for France in their previous World Cup 2022 matches have been benched as Griezmann and Mbappe watch from the stands. Meanwhile, Khazri makes a dangerous run into the final third, following a defensive mistake by Camavinga. Konate finally comes to the rescue with a timely clearance.

17’

Chance! Tunisia goes goes for another attack and Slimane tries to take control of the ball in front of the goalkeeper, just when Konate tracks back to dispossess him off the ball and Romdhane’s attempt to keep the ball in play ends to nothing as the ball goes out off his touch for a goal kick.

Matchday trivia
Axel Disasi is the first outfield player to celebrate his very first cap with the French national team during a World Cup game since Gabriel De Michèle on 13 July 1966 against Mexico.
15’

Chance for set-pieces for France this time, with Tchouameni taking the corner kick, which is headed into the block hole by Guendouzi, only to see the white shirts clear the ball away.

14’

Foul! Veretout loses the ball and fouls Slimane givng Tunisia another free kick. This time, Khazri’s left-footed curler lands in the gloves of Mandanda.

12’

Khazri takes the Tunisia corner, which curls and almost gets into the net. It lands on top of the goal, with Mandanda hardly troubled by the Montpellier player’s antiques.

10’

Tunisia has not scored in this World Cup so far, the first time in its six appearances in the tournament. With the goal disallowed, its pursuit continues, despite finding no breakthrough through 27 shots from it so far at Qatar 2022.

Tunisia’s Nader Ghandri (#5) scores a goal before it was disallowed following a VAR review.

Tunisia’s Nader Ghandri (#5) scores a goal before it was disallowed following a VAR review. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

8’ Tunisia goal disallowed!
Khazri’s free-kick is connected well by Ghandri and his shot finds the net! However, the linesman raises the flag for offside. As the celebrations are stopped prematurely, the referee checks with VAR to verify the decision and the goal is ruled out.
7’

France enjoying fair bit of possession now as it gets a grip on the match. Tcouameni loses the ball as Romdhane steals it and makes a run along the left flank and the Real Madrid player concedes a foul. Free kick for Tunisia.

4’

Romdhane makes a run along the left flank, passes to Slimane, but the ball is cleared for a Tunisia corner, which is finally scooped away by Varane. He is one of the only two players, alongside Tchouameni to start from France’s previous match against Denmark.

3’

France, on the other hand, is subject to a very high press and Khazri goes down, following a Camavinga challenge. The Tunisia No. 10 eventually gets back on his feet and no foul is given as the Real Madrid player had got to the ball first.

1’

Tunisia gets the ball rolling in at the Education City Stadium with an attempt to start slowly from the back. It tries to deliver through balls along the flank, but Camavinga intercepts to force Tunisia in its own half.

Kick off!
Tunisia, makes six changes for its last group stage match while France makes nine changes. France starts in its traditional blue kit, from right to left, while Tunisia, in white, starts from the other end.
National Anthems done, the stage, set!
The National anthems of Tunisia and France is done and the teams pose for the team photos. One of the final matches of Group D is set to begin in Qatar

8:15 pm: Tunisia vs France Head-to-head:

Tunisia and France have met five times since 1971 and Les Blues has won twice and Tunisia has won once, while the remaining two fixtures have been draws.

  • ⦿October 7, 1971: Tunisia 2-1 France (Mediterranean Games)
  • ⦿May 19, 1978: Tunisia 0-2 France (International Friendly)
  • ⦿August 21, 2002: Tunisia 1-1 France (International Friendly)
  • ⦿October 14, 2008: Tunisia 1-3 France (International Friendly)
  • ⦿May 30, 2010: Tunisia 1-1 France (International Friendly)

8:00 pm: Form guide:

Tunisia has two wins in its last five matches and it is without a win in the FIFA World Cup. France, on the other hand, has two losses in its last five matches and has a 100 per cent win record in the World Cu so far.

Tunisia last five matches:

  • ⦿ Tunisia 0-1 Australia
  • ⦿ Denmark 0-0 Tunisia
  • ⦿ Tunisia 1-5 Brazil
  • ⦿ Japan 0-3 Tunisia
  • ⦿ Chile 0-2 Tunisia

France last five matches:

  • ⦿ France 2-1 Denmark
  • ⦿ France 4-1 Australia
  • ⦿ Denmark 2-0 France
  • ⦿ France 2-0 Austria
  • ⦿ France 0-1 Croatia

7:40 pm: Chance for Tunisia to script history?

Tunisia has never gone past the group stage in the FIFA World Cup ad currently is at the bottom of Group D with one point.

Tunisia’s fans are entering the stadium with hope of seeing history, if their team can beat France by a greater goal difference and Denmark can beat Australia.

France keeps its arsenal on the bench
Didier Deschamps’ side has won both its Group D matches, and all its goal scorers, Olivier Giroud, Adrian Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe, have been benched, Instead Muani starts for the Les Blues.
Antoinne Griezmann, who has been its most important player with one assist, nine key passes and five shots, also misses out on the starting XI.

7:20 pm: Who can France face next, in the round of 16?

France starts with nine changes from its previous match win, over Denmark. Les Blues has not won its final group stage FIFA World Cup game since 2006 and irrespective of the result against Tunisia, it will play in the round of 16, in Qatar.

Who can France face next, in the round of 16? Read here: France’s potential Round of 16 opponents

Starting lineups:
Tunisia: Dahmen (GK); Kechrida, Talbi, Meriah, Ghandri, Maaloul; Skhiri, Laidouni, Ben Romdhane, Ben Slimane; Khazri.
France: Mandanda (GK); Disasi, Konate, Varane, Camavinga; Fofana, Tchouameni; Guendouzi, Veretout, Coman; Muani

The stadium and dressing rooms are set before the final matchday of Group D.

Matchday news:
Mbappe and Griezmann expected to be benched: After securing qualification for the round of 16, Didier Deschamps is expected to bench both Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann as he checks the squad depth, as per reports from French daily L’Equipe.
Defender Axel Disasi is expected to make his debut in the FIFA World Cup, with the Frenchman expected to start at the right-back position.
Predicted lineups:
Tunisia: Dahmen (GK); Bronn, Talbi, Meriah; Kechrida, Skhiri, Laidouni, Abdi; Msakni, Sliti; Khazri
France: Mandanda (GK); Disasi, Konate, Varane, Fofana; Camavinga, Tchouameni; Veretout, Guendouzi, Coman; Muani

Match Preview

Defending champion France has not won all three of its World Cup group matches since claiming its first title in 1998.

Tunisia hasn’t even won three matches in its World Cup history, but the team needs to beat France on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing to the round of 16 in Qatar. And Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri is feeling the pressure

“I’m not in Jalel’s position,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “But they will go for broke.”

ALSO READ: Qatar 2022: Which teams have qualified for the round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup?

Kadri said before the tournament it was his “personal mission” to advance past the group stage and hinted he would quit otherwise.

“Let’s wait for the result of the match and we’ll see. Hopefully I’ll be able to answer your question after the match,” Kadri said when asked Tuesday if he’ll resign if Tunisia gets eliminated. “We are still alive and we are still present.”

The French are looking to match the 1998 team captained by Deschamps. But with Les Bleus already qualified, they only need a draw to guarantee first place in Group D so Deschamps has the luxury of resting key players.

“There will be changes,” he said. “Everyone’s ready to play.”

He was evasive when asked if the prolific Kylian Mbappé insisted on playing or accepts he needs a breather.

“Physically he’s fine,” Deschamps said. “Kylian doesn’t have a big ego. He’s important for us and makes the difference. But he’s always accepted what the team needs.”

One option is to move Antoine Griezmann up from his new position in right midfield into a striker’s role alongside Olivier Giroud, who needs one more goal to become France’s all-time leading scorer with 52.

Deschamps hailed the unselfishness of Griezmann, a prolific forward himself with 42 goals and 26 assists for France.

RELATED FIFA WORLD CUP STORIES

“He gets as much pleasure tackling someone as setting up a goal,” Deschamps said. “He’s always been like that. For him it’s not even been a sacrifice (in midfield).”

The gulf between the sides looks vast.

France has six goals in two games — three from Mbappé and two from Giroud — while Tunisia was held to a 0-0 draw with Denmark and missed some chances in a 1-0 loss to Australia.

The Tunisians have never been past the group stage in five World Cups and their two wins were 40 years apart — against Mexico in 1978 and against Panama four years ago in Russia.

ALSO READ: When are the round of 16 matches of the FIFA World Cup ?

“Nothing is impossible. I believe in the players,” Kadri said. “We want our fans to be proud of us.”

Despite good technical ability, the team has failed to score in Qatar despite the presence of attacking midfielders Naim Sliti and Wahbi Khazri, who had two goals at the last World Cup and has 24 for the national team.

France, however, carries multiple attacking threats.

Deschamps has always been a shrewd tactician, with deep layers of tactical knowledge gleaned from playing and coaching in Italy with Juventus. In Qatar, he’s kept things more simple with a direct approach that has surprised opponents, using the wings as his main route to goal.

It worked immediately, with the team scoring with three headers — a rarity for France — against Australia.

The pace of Mbappé on the left and Ousmane Dembélé on the right works well with the ideal marksman in Giroud benefitting from the crosses. If Dembélé comes off, then Deschamps can turn to Kingsley Coman, who scored Bayern Munich’s winner in the 2020 Champions League final.

“Our wide players make the difference. Look at who they are,” France central defender Raphael Varane said. “Going wide knocks our opponents off balance.”

The French seem very relaxed at this World Cup, which hasn’t always been the case, notably when the squad went on strike at training at the 2010 tournament.

Midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni even started learning piano on Monday night, joining a group of wannabe musicians in the squad.

“Hopefully,” he joked, “if we win the World Cup we can put on a concert.”

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Where will the Tunisia vs France World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Tunisia vs France match will kick-off at the Stadium 974.
When will the Tunisia vs France World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Tunisia vs France match will kick-off at 8:30 PM IST on November 30, 2022.
Where can you watch the Tunisia vs France match in India?
The Tunisia vs France World Cup opening match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the Tunisia vs France match outside India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Tunisia vs France match outside India:
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.
For more updates, follow Sportstar on :
Download Sportstar App
Download Sportstar App
 Daily football podcast
Connect With Us