Denmark labour to goalless draw in World Cup opener
Denmark are off the mark at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar … though their opening game performance was far from impressive.
A tenacious Tunisian side gave the Danes fits and deservedly ended up with half the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the Education City Stadium this afternoon.
The first half in particular was dour for the Danes, who seemed to come out with a pedestrian look, failing to create much against a Tunisian team with fire in their eyes … and tackles.
It wasn’t until the second half that the Danes showed some teeth, and had an Andreas Skov Olsen goal correctly ruled offside ten minutes after the break.
Christian Eriksen then had a long-range effort expertly saved, before substitute Andreas Cornelius really should have scored – bundling the ball off the post when it seemed easier to score.
Chance that VARnished
Into stoppage time and Denmark fans rose to their feet as the ref was VAR-summoned to check a possibe handball offence in the Tunisian box.
However, the ref again correctly assessed that a Tunisian defender had been fouled before the handball occurred. Emotions were on a rollercoaster as it went from a potential penalty for Denmark to a freekick to the north Africans.
The other fixture in the group, France vs Australia, will take place tonight at 20:00, with the French being clear favourites.
France will also be Denmark’s next opposition on November 26 in a match that will shed light on what Denmark will need to do in the final game against the Aussies to progress to the last-16.