Australia earns their first points of the World Cup 2022 with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia; Mitchell Duke’s improvised first-half header seals the points for the Socceroos, who would have been eliminated by a loss; Tunisia has just one point and has not scored in Qatar.
Mitchell Duke’s spectacular first-half header gave Australia a 1-0 victory against Tunisia to kickstart their World Cup campaign. The Socceroos knew that another loss would send their World Cup home with one match remaining after losing their opening match to France on Tuesday.
Graham Arnold’s troops came out fighting and forced Tunisia to play the majority of the opening exchanges within their own half.
In the 23rd minute, Australia’s pressure paid off when Craig Goodwin’s left-wing cross deflected and found Duke. Duke then readjusted well to steer a glancing header past the helpless Aymen Dahmen and inside the far post. While Australia now sits second in Group D with three points ahead of France’s match against Denmark on Saturday afternoon, Tunisia remains at the bottom of the standings with just one point and zero goals despite making improvements after the break.