France-born Wahbi Khazri scored the game’s lone goal as Tunisia stunned defending champions France 1-0 at the Education City Stadium. However, the shocking victory was not enough to take Tunisia to the tournament’s round of 16 in Qatar.
Tunisia won for the third time in six World Cup competitions thanks to a goal by Khazri in the 58th minute; but they were still eliminated since Australia defeated Denmark 1-0 in the other group encounter.
France, who already qualified for the knockout stage, made nine changes for this match from the team that beat Denmark.
Tunisia were fantastic throughout the match and thoroughly deserved the points but it was not enough to take them through; as France finished top of Group D on goal difference from runners-up Australia.
The Eagles of Carthage secured their breakthrough, and their first goal of the tournament, thanks to Wahbi Khazri’s wonderful strike.
Khazri grew up in Corsica, plays in Ligue 1 for Montpellier, and was capped by France at the under-21 level. Additionally, he was one of six players in the Tunisian line-up who were born on French soil.
France piled on the pressure thereafter, and Antoine Griezmann thought he had scored a late equaliser, but VAR put paid to his efforts.
This is Tunisia’s first win against European opposition at a World Cup and just their third ever in 18 matches at the tournament.
In the other group match, Australia qualified for the knockout stages of a World Cup for just the second time. The Socceroos defeated Denmark by a goal to nil.
Denmark controlled much of the first half of the match. However, Australia started the second period well and were rewarded as Leckie put them in the lead in the 60th minute. He ran 40 yards before nutmegging Maehle on his on way to finding the bottom right corner.