Tunisia vs Australia FIFA World Cup Match 26 Now 2022
About the match
Tunisia is going head to head with Australia starting on 26 Nov 2022 at 10:00 UTC at Al Janoub Stadium stadium, Al Wakrah city, Qatar. The match is a part of the World Cup, Group D.
Tunisia are competing in the finals of the World Cup for the sixth time in their history, and they are looking to reach the knockout round of the competition for the first time.
The African nation failed to win a group game during the 1998, 2002 and 2006 competitions but managed to put a victory on the board last time out in Russia, and they have made a positive start to this tournament, holding a talented Denmark outfit to a goalless draw in their section opener.
Tunisia’s last and indeed toughest game in the group will be against France next Wednesday, so their chances of qualifying for the knockout round could largely hinge on their result against Australia.
Jalel Kadri’s side beat Mali in the third qualifying round to advance to the finals of the World Cup, and they have actually not lost a competitive match since January.
Tunisia’s performance against Denmark will certainly have given them plenty of encouragement ahead of this match, which will see them face Australia for just the third time, with their only competitive meeting coming in the Confederations Cup back in June 2005, which saw Tunisia record a 2-0 win.
Australia, as mentioned, will enter this match off the back of a 4-1 defeat to world champions France on Tuesday, which has already left them in a difficult position in Group D.
The Socceroos took the lead against Didier Deschamps’s side in the ninth minute through Craig Goodwin, but France went on to score four times without reply through Adrien Rabiot, Olivier Giroud (two) and Kylian Mbappe, with the result leaving Australia at the bottom of the group.
Graham Arnold’s side beat United Arab Emirates and then Peru on penalties to secure their spot at the 2022 World Cup, and they then overcame New Zealand in two friendlies at the end of September.
Australia have now been present in each of the last five World Cups, being eliminated in the group stage in their last three participations, winning just once in the process.
The national side did manage to reach the round of 16 back in 2006, though, finishing second in Group F behind Brazil before losing 1-0 to Italy in the first knockout round.
- This is just the third meeting between Tunisia and Australia in all competitions – Australia won 3-0 in a friendly in October 1997, before Tunisia won 2-0 at the 2005 Confederations Cup.
- Tunisia’s only win in their last 13 group-stage games since 1998 came against Panama four years ago.
- The Tunisians are aiming to record two unbeaten matches within a single World Cup campaign for only the second time after 1978 (W1, D1, L1).
- The Aussies have won just two of their 17 World Cup matches (D4, L11).