[FULL TIME]: Tunisia Exit World Cup Despite Lone Goal Victory Over France

The World Cup kicked off with host nation Qatar facing Ecuador on Sunday as the month-long football showpiece finally gets underway after a tortuous 12-year build-up dogged by off-field controversies.


TOPSHOT – Tunisia’s forward #10 Wahbi Khazri celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between Tunisia and France at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 30, 2022. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
A FIFA World Cup trophy replica is pictured on the pitch as fireworks go off ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

 

The World Cup kicked off with host nation Qatar facing Ecuador on Sunday as the month-long football showpiece finally gets underway after a tortuous 12-year build-up dogged by off-field controversies.

Foreign government officials, VIPs, and celebrities were in the crowd as the first World Cup staged in the Arab world opened at the Bedouin-tent-inspired Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, 50 kilometres (31 miles) outside of Doha.

Ecuador supporters cheer ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Ecuador supporters cheer ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 20, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

 

The venue is one of an array of brand-new stadiums built for the tournament, which has cost Qatar an estimated $200 billion.


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18:05  Tunisia exit the World cup as it is confirmed that Australia have beaten Denmark 1-0.

18:01: VAR diuallows Griezmam”s stike

France’s forward #07 Antoine Griezmann scores a goal which was later disallowed after a VAR review during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between Tunisia and France at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 30, 2022. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

17:57:  GOALLL, Griezmann draws France level at the death.

17:54: France continue their onslaught but the Tunisian defence hold strong.

17:52: France awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Tunisian box as Mbappe fires straight at Tunisia’s wall.

17:50: Eight minutes added on.

17:48: Mbappe works his way through Tunisia’s defence before firing off a shot from the left side of the box but Dahmen keeps the ball out.

France’s forward #10 Kylian Mbappe fights for the ball with Tunisia’s midfielder #18 Ghailene Chaalali during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between Tunisia and France at the Education City Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 30, 2022. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

 

17:41: Griezmann and Mbappe continue to pile pressure on Tunisia as the North Africans  stubbornly hold out a

17:41: France come again though and win a corner on the left, from which Disasi wins another setpiece. The second corner comes to nothing as Tunisia clear the ball away

17:40: Tunisia 1-0 France

17:50: It’s half-time in Qatar with the hosts two-nil down. Can they stage a comeback?

17:45: Five minutes of extra time have been added.

17:31: Valencia scores a header to double the lead for Ecuador.

17:16: Enner Valencia scores the first World Cup goal in Qatar after converting from the spot.

17:15: Saeed Al Sheeb becomes the first player to be booked in the tournament after he brought down Valencia in the penalty area.

17:05:  Enner Valencia heads in a goal but VAR cancels it for an offside against the forward.

17:00: The opening game of the competition kicks off between Qatar and Ecuador.