Tunisia vs France, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates




Tunisia vs France, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates - Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Tunisia vs France, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates - Ryan Pierse/Getty Images  

04:05 PM

46 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia look for a route forward, as Meriah crosses in to Khazri in the box. French fans fold their breath after Tchouameni tussles with Khazri for the ball, and Khazri goes down.

But the referee waves play on. Tchouameni got an important toe to the ball.

04:03 PM

Second half

France get us underway, this half. No changes for either team as we restart.

03:59 PM

Player ratings

Who's had a first half to remember? And who might be in danger of being hooked before the restart?

03:56 PM

Group D - as it stands

  1. France - 7pts

  2. Australia - 4pts

  3. Denmark - 2pts

  4. Tunisia - 2pts

Things are nil-nil at the Al Janoub Stadium in Denmark v Australia too, and should it stay that way, Australia advance.

denmark australia - Albert Gea/Reuters
denmark australia - Albert Gea/Reuters  

03:53 PM

Jeremy Wilson's half-time thoughts

03:48 PM

45+2 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Veretout is brought down deep inside the French half by Ben Slimane, the ball swiped, but possession falls back to the French after the masked Skhiri brings down Camavinga. Ball punted up long, the French seek to set up an attack, but quick as a flash, Tunisia can break and launch their own counter.

Khazri has an optimisitic shot from 30 yards out, but the ball flies over the cross bar.

The whistle blows! Stirring team talks all round.

03:46 PM

45 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

France turn up the temperatures just over the halfway line inside the Tunisia half, and Kolo Muani looks to set up on the left of goal, but focus slips and the ball is whisked out from under him by the marauding Tunisian side.

Two minutes of time to be added.

03:43 PM

43 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Coman goes down, but can't attract the attention of the referee to call for a foul. Tunisia are off, Skhiri picking up to set up another attack. Khazri lines up a cross flat across goal, but no team-mate can poke it into the French goal.

03:42 PM

41 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia break the spell of France's possession, Khazri firing over the halfway line, but he's set upon in a thicket of dark blue shirts, and doesn't have an outlet to pass to.

Guendouzi plays a sloppy crossed pass that is too heavy for a team-mate to pick up, the ball rolling up to the dugouts for a Tunisia throw.

03:40 PM

39 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Kolo Muani attempts to sneak into the box, but the Tunisia defence are confident as locking up and keeping this skittish France team up as they are advancing up the field.

But France are looking more comfortable now, Coman sneaking in from the right to deliver a rocket into the box which springs back to the halfway line.

03:39 PM

37 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia are yet to score a goal in this tournament, and the first thirty-odd minutes sum things up nicely. Heaped tablespoons of pressure, buzzy play, and some fine chances, but a major, clinical failing in the attacking third.

Letting France get more comfortable, and allowing for possible big-beast changes in the second half, should sharpen the mind.

03:36 PM

35 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

As Tunisia break on the break, a loose pass from the box up from Varane lands with Khazri. He's close enough to fire a shot to Mandanda, who makes the save, but on the rebound, the ball has to be thumped out for a corner.

France have been put under unerring pressure by Tunisia thus far.

03:35 PM

33 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia tussles for the ball, and Laidouni wins a throw-in by the halfway line, which he sends, after much consideration, to Khazri, immediately undersiege.

He draws a free kick, immediately toppled, and the ball goes out to Maaloul for the player to whip in, looking for Ghandri to get on the end of it. It's defended out, for a corner, which Camavinga smothers. France break for an attack, but it's stymied before France can delve inside the final third.

03:32 PM

31 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Laidouni wins the ball on the right, and goes tearing towards goal, as French defenders scramble to muscle the ball out for a corner.

The ball is played to the near post, where Camavinga can knock the ball out for a second attempt.

The next time, a similar tale: Camavinga this time heads the ball low away from goal, and Tunisia can't move quickly enough to do anything with the remains.

03:30 PM

28 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Kechrida picks up the match's first yellow card, after he applies his boot crunchingly to a French player's foot.

03:28 PM

Jeremy Wilson sends us an update from Education City

Camavinga, left back here, has certainly looked happier.

03:26 PM

26 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia are confidently wedged in France's half now, and France look two steps behind. Guendouzi stops the rot and play spins to the right, as France break down the wing. Coman gets forward in time, running into the box onto Fofana's pass, but he funks his first touch, and the shot with his second is similarly wobbly.

The ball flies well wide, Dahmen not troubled into stretching for a save.

coman - Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
coman - Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters  

03:24 PM

24 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Kechrida picks up a lovely high diagonal ball which sprints in front of him, but Konate clings to him as he runs, and forces a mistake for France's goal kick.

03:23 PM

22 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Khazri, surrounded by dark blue, slips the ball through to his team-mate in the box, but France sneak back possession, Camavinga looking for an outlet down the left. Khazri comes in for a hefty challenge, which rightfully goes against him.

Camavinga picks up a loose ball deep inside Tunisia's half, trying to stitch together an attack, but he's surrounded quickly, and can't get things to ignite.

03:20 PM

19 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Camavinga threads the ball through to Guendouzi, but under pressure in Tunisia's half, the Marseille man knocks the ball out of play.

Ben Slimane looks for an outlet down the right, but has the ball sneaked back by France. Tchouameni tries to make some ground, but goes down in a tangle, a foul not given.

03:18 PM

17 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia have another opportunity in the box, Ben Slimane picking up a tricky, loping ball in a tussle with Varane, but can't find sturdy ground, and France can recapture possession and try and settle the game.

Holding onto the ball, however, at this stage, would be a good start.

03:16 PM

15 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia profit from another spell of sloppy defending with a free kick just south of the box. Maaloul sends in a curling free kick which Mandanda can collect with very little difficulty.

As play skitters down to the Tunisian half, France win their first corner of the match, which is defended out for another. This time, Tunisia can get away, Khazri sneaking through the midfield, before setting up Laidouni. Laidouni nutmegs Camavinga beautifully, and is knocked down for his efforts.

03:14 PM

13 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia win a corner which is executed very poorly, nestling on top of the French goal. But as France attempt to play up, Veretout loses the ball and Khazri runs forward into the box. Veretout tangles with him, and goes down, but it's melodramatic to say the least, and waved away casually.

03:12 PM

10 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia might have deserved an early lead. This odds-and-ends France side look a little ragged, and lack flow. Tunisia, buzzing around for possession, have already gifted them a few early scares, none more than the disallowed goal.

That goal would have put Tunisia into second place in the group, level with Australia, but stronger on goal difference.

The Tunisian fans are in anguish, watching a replay of the offside ruling on the big screen.

03:09 PM

8 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Again, Ben Romdhane goes for broke on the right, kept to closely by Tchouameni. In the end, he tumbles him, and lines up a free kick for Tunisia by the side line.

Khazri lines up to send in a low, flying ball for Ghandri, who knocks the ball straight past Mandanda! But Ghandri goes too early, and the goal is immediately ruled offside.

A feisty start for Tunisia, nonetheless.

tunisia - Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
tunisia - Ryan Pierse/Getty Images  

03:06 PM

Jeremy Wilson is at Education City Stadium

03:05 PM

5 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Ben Romdhane sprints down the left, looking for assistance from Ben Slimane, but his team-mate knocks the ball out of play. Some quick passing on the edge of France's box prompts scattergun defending, as the ball flies out for a corner.

It's delivered well, dropping almost in front of Mandanda, but Varane punts the ball up and out of the way.

03:04 PM

3 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Commentary informs up that ten of the Tunisian squad are French-born, which adds an interesting wrinkle to this already historically-charged contest. Could we have a moment as we saw in Switzerland/Cameroon, where Breel Embolo scored against the country of his birth?

Khazri goes down after running into a wall-like Camavinga, but the Tunisia captain is up quickly.

03:01 PM

1 min: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia looks to get on the front immediately, Ben Slimane trying to slip between Varane and Konate but Mandanda sprints up to gather up the ball.

03:00 PM

Kick-off

Varane captains France today, in Lloris' absence: where will the Manchester United man rank in your player ratings today?

Make sure to share your thoughts throughout the match:

02:56 PM

Anthem time!

Tunisia's national anthem, sung rousingly. The anthem came into effect after Tunisia's independence from the French protectorate.

No surprises then, that La Marseillaise is roundly booed and whistled at by Tunisian fans in the stands. This only spurs the French crowd on to sing their tune louder.

Five minutes to go.

02:46 PM

Things are looking lively at Education City Stadium

tunisia - Stu Forster/Getty Images
tunisia - Stu Forster/Getty Images  
france - James Williamson/Getty Images
france - James Williamson/Getty Images  
france - Juan Luis Diaz/Getty Images
france - Juan Luis Diaz/Getty Images  
tunisia - Richard Sellers/Getty Images
tunisia - Richard Sellers/Getty Images  

02:39 PM

Players warm up, with less than half an hour to go...

france - Jewel Samad/AFP
france - Jewel Samad/AFP  
tunisia - Buda Mendes/Getty Images
tunisia - Buda Mendes/Getty Images  

02:32 PM

Share your match predictions

How does this impact your match predictions? France possesses incredible depth, which makes it hard to bet against even a starting XI which feels like a B team. But who can resist dreaming of an upset?

02:29 PM

Team news in black and white

Tunisia: Dahmen (GK), Meriah, Ghandri, Talbi, Kechrida, Skhiri, Laidouni, Maaloul, Ben Slimane, Ben Romdhane, Khazri

Substitutes: Mathlouthi, Ifa, Bronn, Msakni, Hannibal, Jebali, Khenissi, Sassi, Chaalali, Jaziri, Drager, Ben Said, Sliti, Abdi, Hassen 

France: Mandanda (GK), Disasi, Varane, Konate, Camawinga, Fofana, Tchouameni, Veretout, Guendouzi, Kolo Muani, Coman

Substitutes: Lloris, Pavard, Kounde, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe, Dembele, Rabiot, Saliba, Upamecano, Hernandez, Areola, Thuram

A measly six changes for Tunisia, to France's nine.

Neither Mbappe nor Griezmann start for France this afternoon - Elsa/Getty Images
Neither Mbappe nor Griezmann start for France this afternoon - Elsa/Getty Images  

02:23 PM

Team news

02:18 PM

Can Tunisia bamboozle France's second string?

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of this final round of Group D matches, with France facing Tunisia at Education City Stadium kicking off at 3pm.

With qualification sealed for current World Cup holders France following emphatic wins over Australia and Denmark, head coach Didier Deschamps has chosen to rest a raft of key players, including Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, captain Hugo Lloris, and star man Kylian Mbappe.

When asked whether members of France's strongest XI, Mbappe in particular, would feel slighted starting on the bench, Deschamps was sanguine, stressing that he has no need to worry over 'ego' in the national team.

"Kylian doesn't have a big ego, that's not true. He's a key player, but he's a team player. Of course, he's a star, but he's not 18 years old anymore, he's mroe experienced.

"He wants to play [...] but not all of them can start the match, that's normal. You can imagine lots of things, but I have a lot of factors to take into account."

Guaranteed qualification for Les Bleues allows Deschamps to get minutes in World Cup debutants such as Randal Kolo Muani, Youssouf Fofana and Matteo Guendouzi, among others, in lieu of France's stalwarts.

Tunisia can have no such flexibility, with qualification still in the realms of possibility should they beat today's opponents. They currently sit bottom of the group, having clawed their solitary point from a strong showing against Denmark which ended goalless. But Denmark, too, have had a stilted start to the tournament, and they share the bottom spot.

It might take some doing, but as with a large swathe of these final group matchings, there's everything to play for, and the absence of some of France's best and brightest is as much of a way in as Tunisia could hope for.

Stay tuned for team news, build-up, and full coverage: you can also follow along with the other 3pm kick-off in this group, which sees Australia face Denmark, here.

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