Mitchell Duke’s 23rd-minute goal was enough for Australia to keep their hopes alive and ensure their World Cup fate is in their own hands.
In a stadium filled primarily with lively Tunisian fans, it was the Australian team that claimed all three points.
It was a clash of two evenly-matched teams that lacked much of a cutting edge, and it all came down to one glancing header, which Duke superbly guided into the back of the net after an unfortunate deflection off a Tunisian defender.
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Goals change games, and Duke’s goal was certainly the moment that changed it all, but what a performance this was by Harry Souttar. The Stoke City defender made two vital tackles, with his sliding challenge in the 88th minute absolutely vital to keeping Tunisia at bay.
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It’s two games without a goal now for Tunisia and their starting striker Issab Jebali. The 30-year-old, who has just 11 caps, is the least experienced of the team’s forward group but has started both games and was scoreless both times. You aren’t going to advance without scoring goals and, right now, Tunisia can’t buy one.
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