The time has come to get down to business. After a preparation truncated by an autumn World Cup with parasitic codes, Danes and Tunisians will finally be able to measure themselves, know where they are and what they can claim in Qatar. Because competing in a World Cup, as atypical as it is, is the meeting of a lifetime, the opportunity to test your worth and forge your destiny. On paper, the match between Europeans and Africans appears unbalanced with a team rising in power and another still seeking an identity with a new coach at its head, in pursuit of its glorious past. However, the reality is quite different, even more so on the first match of such an important competition. The victory will not only depend on the value of the players but will go to those who can best understand the context and deal with the tension, which will not fail to go up a few more notches.
Denmark in search of the summit
In this little game, the advantage still seems for Denmark which proved its mental qualities last year. During Euro 2020, the Scandinavians were able to take the shock of Christian Eriksen’s discomfort in the middle of the match and make it a strength, forever binding this group, to climb to the semi-finals of the event. Since this episode, the selection led by Kasper Hjulmand is gaining momentum, driven by the enthusiasm of all the people, and has recovered its symbol and master to play. Miraculous and condemned by some to give up on his career, Eriksen defied all predictions by returning to the top level and winning his place at Manchester United. In Qatar, he will be there alongside his family to confirm the good dynamic of the northerners. “With the quality we have, we want to dictate the game as much as possible, to be sure that we are proactive on the pitch, that we have the mentality and the tenacity in the match to play as we do. normally. This is where we are at the moment, we want to go and climb the last meters”, believes Kasper Hjulmand, boosted by the two successes of his men against France during the last League of Nations. These last meters are those who missed during the two setbacks conceded during this same competition against Croatia or in the semi-final of the Euro against England (1-2 ap).
For its 6th World Cup, Denmark intends to show that it has still learned and can join in the fight, thirty years after the feat of the band in Laudrup, European champion 1992. “The quality is there and we are ready”assures the coach who is impatiently waiting to be able to immerse himself in this World Cup.
Tunisia without a landmark
Tested by their new ambitions, the Danes will have to get rid of Tunisia. An opponent he does not know for having met him only once, a little over 20 years ago during a friendly match in Japan in preparation for the 2002 World Cup (2-1 for the Europeans, editor’s note) .
After an African Cup of Nations completed in the quarter-finals, eliminated by the surprising Burkina Faso, the Eagles of Carthage have changed their minds. Then assistant to Kebaier and in charge of the analysis of opponents and tactics, Jalel Kadri was promoted to new coach with the task of reviving a team seeking an identity and prospects. A partially fulfilled contract since he managed to qualify the country for its 6th World Cup. However, the basics are fragile. Solid against Mali in the play-offs for the World Cup (1-0 over the two games), the Tunisians have chained victories, beating in particular Japan (3-0) and Iran (2-0) two other nations qualified in Qatar, losing only once. Only one defeat but a slap from Brazil (1-5) which says a lot about the doubts about the Tunisian potential.
Nevertheless, optimism remains, fueled by the hope of succeeding where previous generations have failed by qualifying the selection for the knockout stages. “We could make an impression, so why not us? We will have to show it, it will be very complicated, but we know that we have the potential for and that we have a team that is ready”advances Naïm Sliti before specifying. “We have a more experienced group, especially the executive players. We now have four more years and a World Cup in the legs for some. I also find that we have more defensive guarantees. We will try to bet on that .” A solidity, which will be based in part on Talbi, author of an excellent start to the season with Lorient, necessary against an opponent who has already proven his know-how in this area. Whatever the preparation, the time has come to make a successful entry.
The meeting between Denmark and Tunisia in Group D of the World Cup should begin around 2 p.m., on the side of the Education City Stadium in Doha.
The match between Denmark and Tunisia counting for the 1st day of the group stage of the World Cup will be broadcast exclusively on beIN SPORTS 1
The match between Christian Eriksen’s Denmark and Ellyes Skhiri’s Tunisia will be streamed on the MyCanal platform.
- BetClic: Denmark: 1.43 / Draw: 4.50 / Tunisia: 8.40
- Sports bets: Denmark: 1.43 / Draw: 4.45 / Tunisia: 8
- Winamax: Denmark: 1.47 / Draw: 4.20 / Tunisia: 8.25
- Denmark: Schmeichel–Kristensen, Christensen, Kjaer, Maehle–Hojbjerg, Delanney–Skov Olsen, Eriksen, Damsgaar–Braithwaite.
- Tunisia: Dahmen – Ali Abdi, Talbi, Meriah, Bronn, Drager – Idouni, Skhiri, Slimane – Msakni, Jebali