It might not have been as impressive of Saudi Arabia’s takedown of favored Argentina earlier in the day, but chalk another up fine result for an Arab side at the World Cup.
We’re talking about Tunisia’s holding Denmark, a semifinalist at Euro 2020, to a scoreless draw in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Tuesday.
That was only three hours after the Saudis stunned Argentina, 2-1.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, the son of former Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel, produced a superb save on Issam Jebali late in the first half to keep the northern African side off the scoreboard. While on the ground, Schmeichel knocked away Jebali’s attempt. Jebali, as it turns out, plays for Odense in Denmark.
The game marked the return of Danish playmaking midfielder Christian Eriksen to a major tournament, less than a year and a half after he suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
Eriksen was in the middle of things for Denmark, firing a shot from distance that goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen batted away for a corner kick. The Danes hit the post on the corner.
It hasn’t been far from a perfect start for Middle Eastern and Arab countries. In the World Cup opener on Sunday, Ecuador recorded a 2-0 win over host Qatar. On Monday, England rolled to a 6-2 triumph over Iran.