Tunisia put in a valiant performance to start their FIFA World Cup (WC) campaign with a 0-0 draw against Denmark, the first time in 16 matches that De Rød-Hvide have drawn inside 90 minutes.
Issam Jebali thought he’d capped off Tunisia’s impressive start with a goal in the 23rd minute but had strayed offside as the ball was played through.
Laïdouni had been a constant menace but couldn’t quite hit the target when he smashed a loose ball in the Danish box, before Kasper Schmeichel made an outstanding save to deny Jebali.
At the other end, Andreas Skov Olsen thought he’d brought his nation some relief with a goal but Mikkel Damsgaard had been offside in the build-up.
Despite Tunisia’s resilience, Christian Eriksen was finally afforded space in the 69th minute, but Dahmen saved his strike and Andreas Cornelius could only bundle Christensen’s header from the ensuing corner onto the post.
While De Rød-Hvide took control of the final quarter-hour, Tunisia stood firm and even escaped a late VAR check unscathed, when the ball struck Meriah’s hand in the box, to secure just their second clean sheet in 16 WC matches and earn a precious point.