Socceroos hold final training as they look to bounce back against Tunisia

Australia and Tunisia are going head to head in a crucial Group D match at the Qatar World Cup.

Both sides are looking for their first win of the tournament at the Al Janoub Stadium, after Tunisia shared a goalless draw with Denmark in their opening match, while Australia were well beaten by the reigning champions France. Any victory here will give the winners a real shot at progressing to the knockout rounds, with France and Denmark meeting later today, in which these two sides will be hoping France can inflict maximum damage in order to open up second spot in the group.

Tunisia and Australia have met only twice before: the Australians won a friendly in 1997, and Tunisia won their only competitive meeting at the 2005 Confederations Cup.

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Tunisia 0-0 Australia

15 mins: Tunisia have picked up where they left off against Denmark.

They’re happy for Australia to have the ball and are backing their defenders to deal with any aerial passes into the box. It’s a gameplan that worked against the Danes and it’s working here as well.

The next step for the African side is to transition quickly into attack and put some pressure on Australia too.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 10:16


Tunisia 0-0 Australia

12 mins: A well worked free kick from Aaron Mooy is floated over to the left wing where a backheel sends Craig Goodwin towards the byline.

He’s got time and space to put in a cross but only picks out Montassar Talbi who nods the ball clear.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 10:13


Tunisia 0-0 Australia

9 mins: Tunisia had an early moment where they got the ball into the Aussies box but since then the team from down under have impressed.

They’re pressing well and utilising the wide areas for crosses.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 10:10


Tunisia 0-0 Australia

6 mins: Lovely play in the middle of the pitch from Australia. They work the ball up to Mathew Leckie who shimmies out of a tackle before sliding a pass out to Goodwin on the left side.

Goodwin swings an early cross into the middle but Ali Al-Abdi rises to nod the ball away. It comes as far as Aaron Mooy who holds it up and wins a free kick.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 10:07


Tunisia 0-0 Australia

3 mins: Craig Goodwin makes a run down the left wing as Australia feed the ball down the line. The forward puts on a spurt but can’t catch up to the pass before the ball rolls out of play.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 10:04


Kick off: Tunisia 0-0 Australia

Australia get the match started knowing that a loss today would knock them out of the World Cup. They send the ball long and it’s defended easily enough by Tunisia.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 10:02


Tunisia vs Australia

This will be a close encounter with the winning team taking a huge step closer to the knockout games.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 09:55


Qatar’s World Cup streaming service blocked in Saudi Arabia

A Qatar-based broadcaster is in talks with Fifa after its World Cup streaming service was blocked in Saudi Arabia by that country’s government.

The broadcaster, Bein Sports, holds the rights to World Cup matches in Saudi Arabia and will screen 22 of them free-to-air there.

However, the remaining 42 can only be watched via its streaming service, which has been blocked in Saudi Arabia since an hour before the opening ceremony last Sunday.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 09:52


Australia’s fearless teen could make an ‘Owen-esque’ impact in Qatar

Garang Kuol has yet to start a single senior game of football but some in Australia believe the teenage striker could have the same impact for the Socceroos in Qatar as Michael Owen had for England at a similar age in the 1998 World Cup in France.

Owen was already an established first-team player at Liverpool when he lit up his first finals with a stunning goal against Argentina but 18-year-old Kuol is undeniably blessed with similar blinding pace, touch and self-confidence.

Kuol became the youngest Socceroo since Harry Kewell when he won his first cap off the bench in a 2-0 friendly win over New Zealand in September and had an immediate impact with a decisive role in the move that led to Australia’s second goal.

That was an echo of his cameo in the A-League All Stars exhibition match against Barcelona in May when he bamboozled jet-lagged Spanish defenders apparently at will to leave Xavi impressed with his “obvious talent”.

Michael Jones26 November 2022 09:48


Tunisia vs Australia

The Tunisians are aiming to record two unbeaten matches within a single World Cup campaign for only the second time after 1978 (W1, D1, L1).

Meanwhile, the Aussies have won just two of their 17 World Cup matches (D4, L11).

Michael Jones26 November 2022 09:44

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