Australia defeated Tunisia 1-Zero of their second World Cup match, with Mitchell Duke’s header early within the first half protecting the Socceroos’ hopes of qualification alive within the extremely aggressive conflict.
It was Australia’s first World Cup victory in 12 years and with it, they move as much as second in Group D behind reigning champions France.
Striker Duke scored halfway by the primary half with a glancing header previous keeper Aymen Dahmen to present Australia the lead, whereas Tunisia’s finest likelihood got here when skipper Youssef Msakni shot simply vast.
The victory, solely the third for Australia in six visits to the World Cup, was the proper response to their 4-1 drubbing by the hands of France on Tuesday.
Tunisia made clear their intentions from the beginning, ranging 5 defenders and two holding midfielders throughout the pitch and alluring the Australians to attempt to break them down.
Australia had some success getting the ball down the flanks however the closing ball into the realm hardly ever acquired anyplace near a blue shirt because the Tunisian defenders wrapped up the Socceroos’ forwards.
Craig Goodwin’s cross from the left seemed to be heading the identical means till it took a hefty deflection off a Tunisian defender and looped to Duke, who nodded it into the far proper nook of the web.
The objective was the primary conceded by Tunisia in opposition to any staff barring Brazil of their final 11 matches and compelled the Tunisians out of their defensive shell.
They introduced on the squad’s high scorer, Wahbi Khazri, within the second half as they upped the tempo searching for an equaliser, however the Australian defence stood agency with goalkeeper and skipper Mat Ryan a relaxing presence on the again.
The victory snapped Australia’s seven-match winless run at World Cups since they final picked up three factors in a victory over Serbia in 2010.