After a first period dominated head and shoulders by Iraq, Tunisia got back on their feet this Thursday by winning 3-0 thanks to their realism, and are back in the race for qualification for the round of 16 of the U20 World Cup.
The Iraqi waves were unleashed from the first moments of the game, almost drowning out the offensive inclinations of the Aiglons de Carthage (11 shots including 4 on target for Iraq against only 3 including only 1 on target for Tunisia at half-time). Wahabi, sparkling in the defensive hinge, allowed the Reds and Whites to keep their heads above water. First by clearing a vicious center from the right (17th), then by closely ahead of Jameel at the penalty spot (19th), and finally by deflecting a dangerous cross from Albu Mohammed, threatening on the right wing (26th).
🚨🇹🇳 Victory 3-0 for our eaglets against Iraq at the CDM U20!
Tunisia are 3 rd in their groups with 3 points after 2 days.
Snana, El Djebali and Ghorbel are the scorers 🔥⚽️#IRQTUN #U20WC pic.twitter.com/u4SE391Ikz
— TUNISIE FOOT FR 🇹🇳🇫🇷 (@tunisiefootfr) May 25, 2023
After Wahabi, it was Arfaoui’s turn to save the furniture in the Tunisian camp. The goalkeeper of the Deinze reserve (Belgium) multiplied the parades, in particular in front of Amyn (36th), Jameel (36th), Abdulkareem (38th) and Al Tameemi (45th). Beaten by a header from Albu Mohammed in the next minute, he saw the ball miraculously graze the right upright (45th + 1).
Copiously dominated, Tunisia carried out the perfect hold-up shortly after the break. Indeed, the men of Montassar Louhichi scored two goals in two minutes, against Iraqis KO standing. On a shift to the right, Dhaoui found Bouchniba whose center at the near post was cut by Snana, author of a delicious Madjer (0-1, 55th). On a carbon copy, Derbali made a one-two with Dhaoui and crossed to the penalty spot for Lyonnais El Djebali who took over with his foot (0-2, 56th). Reduced to ten after the exclusion of newcomer Nasraoui, guilty of a kick on Jameel sanctioned by the VAR (74th), the Aiglons dealt the blow from the penalty spot by Ghorbel who did himself justice (0-3, 86th ). For the anecdote, the latter also came very close to offering himself the double on a low shot which flirted with the post (90th + 5).
Tunisia is recovering nicely after its defeat conceded against England Monday (1-0) and rises to third place behind the Three Lions, solid leaders with 6 points, and up to Uruguay, defeated earlier in the evening. Les Aiglons will challenge La Celeste on Sunday May 28, with second place in their sights.
The composition of Tunisia
🚨 The XI of our Aiglons against Iraq.
TAHIA TOUNES!! 🇹🇳🦅❤️ pic.twitter.com/02AKADbf66
— Noussour 🇹🇳 (@NoussourTN) May 25, 2023