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Tunisia Player Ratings vs France: Laidouni assists, Khazri delivers but Carthage Eagles crash out of World Cup

17:00 SAST 2022/11/30
Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia
GOAL rates the Carthage Eagles after their final Group D game against the defending champions in Qatar

Veteran forward Wahbi Khazri scored the only goal of the match as Tunisia defeated defending champions France on Wednesday at the Education City Stadium.

The attacker was starting his first match in the ongoing competition, and despite lacking his usual pace, he showed real quality by delivering after the break.

The win, however, was not enough as Australia defeated Denmark by the same margin to finish behind France and make it to the Round of 16.

It was a spirited performance from the North Africans who have now won three games in their last six World Cup appearances.

Here is how they faired.

  • Aymen Dahmen, Tunisia

    Aymen Dahmen (6.5/10)

    Quiet for the better part of the game as the second-string French side struggled to beat the Tunisia defenders.

    However, the introduction of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and the likes saw Les Bleus up their tempo but Dahmen was up to the task.

  • Montassar Talbi Tunisia.

    Montassar Talbi (7/10)

    The centre-back was one of the reasons why Tunisia stood out at the back, ensuring the dangers were cleared.

    Had to stay in position especially as the defending champions pushed for an equaliser with the changes they had made.

  • Yassine Meriah Tunisia.

    Yassine Meriah (7/10)

    As the Carthage Eagles look for their first win Meriah, just like Talbi, ensured there were no mistakes at the back.

    Impressively, the centre-back managed to complete 95% of his passes and made a vital block later on to stop Mbappe from troubling his keeper.

  • Nader Ghandri Tunisia

    Nader Ghandri (7/10)

    The bulky centre-back gave his best for the Carthage Eagles, commanding the backline effectively and dealing with what was thrown his way.

    Unlucky to see his effort earlier on being ruled out correctly for offside. Commanded the backline effectively.

  • Wajdi Kechrida, Tunisia

    Wajdi Kechrida (6.5/10)

    Kechrida took Mohammed Drager's position as the right wing-back and in the first half, he was composed and ensured his department was not threatened during attacks.

    The introduction of Kylian Mbappe limited him from going forward regularly but he ensured the PSG star did not find it easy.

  • Ali Maaloul Tunisia

    Ali Maaloul (6.5/10)

    Maaloul took over as the left wing-back, ensuring he was there to help in attack, midfield, and of course at the back.

    Kept Kingsley Coman in check and delivered crosses when he had an opportunity to do so.

  • Aissa Laidouni, Tunisia

    Aissa Laidouni (8/10)

    Underlined his importance for the Tunisia side with another assured performance in midfield. He won possession and distributed the ball forward seamlessly.

    Literally, he was all over the pitch and the French found it hard to deal with him on some occasions. Missed a great chance after the break but provided an assist for Khazri.

  • Ellyes Skhiri, Tunisia

    Ellyes Skhiri (6.5/10)

    Skhiri has been the main man for Tunisia, playing every minute for his team in the midfield.

    Against the defending champions, Skhiri made two key passes and played a huge role, especially in the first half, to ensure the North Africans dominated the proceedings.

  • Mohamed Romdhane, Tunisia

    Mohamed Romdhane - (6.5/10)

    Romdhane was a willing runner throughout the evening, bringing in dangerous crosses from the left with the France defenders struggling to stop him.

    The attacker was also quick to retreat and help his defenders when the North African side were under attack.

  • Anis Slimane, Tunisia

    Ben Slimane (6.5/10)

    Placed just behind Khazri and he managed to create several nervy moments for France supporters. Would have done better when he received the ball from the left in the first half but mistimed the ball.

  • Wahbi Khazri, Tunisa

    Wahbi Khazri (8/10)

    The veteran forward needed 34 minutes to have his first shot on target - a screamer from outside the danger zone that was punched by the keeper for an unfruitful corner. Justified his start with intelligent runs and was industrious throughout.

    However, lacked pace and looked out of breath on some occasions but made up for it with a stunning goal for his country.

  • Wahbi Khazri, Issam Jebali

    Issam Jebali (5/10)

    He came on in the 59th minute, replacing Khazri but with France on the ascendancy, Jebali did not get a chance to test Les Bleus' goalkeeper.

  • Ali Abdi Tunisia.

    Ali Abdi (5/10)

    The left wing-back was introduced in the 82nd minute to help defend Tunisia's lead and he managed to do so.

  • Ghaylene Chaalali, Tunisia

    Ghaylene Chaalali (5/10)

    It was a tactic substitution that was meant to ensure the defending champions do not get it easy in midfield as they intensified their attack.