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May 26, 2024

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Denmark and Tunisia play to the World first stalemate

The first goalless draw at the FIFA World Cup came courtesy of Denmark and Tunisia. An enthralling fixture granted chances to both sides to take all three points, but ultimately there would be no victor.

The best chances of the first half fell to the Tunisians – Mohamed Drager’s heavily deflected shot almost dipped in and Kasper Schmeichel pulled off an excellent save to deny Issam Jebali – but it was in the second half where the golden chance fell.

Tunisia during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Tunisia and Mali held at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Tunis, Tunisia on 29 March 2022
As Andreas Christensen rose to head a corner goalwards, Andreas Cornelius dived for the ball. Whether the outcome would have been different had he led with his foot rather than his head it cannot be known, but with it seeming like an opening goal was certain it was the striker who ended up across the goal line rather than the ball.

Jesper Lindstrom’s late, swirling cross-come-shot proved the final unsuccessful sight of goal.

Key Moment: No last-gasp penalty
When the referee ran over to the VAR screen for a last-minute penalty check, the Tunisians held their breath, expecting the worst. Montassar Talbi had possibly handled the ball – the Danes had called for it, but nobody could tell in real time – and awaited his fate.

This game, which had entertained but not found its route to a winner, was offering a last chance for victory. However, the Mexican referee waved away the claim and the two sides shared the spoils.

Stat of the Match
The 19-year-old Hannibal Mejbri became just the second teenager to play for Tunisia in a FIFA World Cup match following Yasin Chikhaoui v Saudi Arabia (14/06/2006