Duke gives Australia crucial win over Tunisia

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Mitchell Duke
Mitchell Duke is the second Australian to score a header at the World Cup, after Tim Cahill who did so twice – against Serbia in 2010 and Chile in 2014

Australia held on to a narrow first-half lead to pick up a crucial victory over Tunisia that keeps alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.

Knowing defeat would see them make an early exit from the competition, Graham Arnold’s side came out of the blocks full of energy and intent.

Mitchell Duke took advantage of their positive start when he superbly flicked Craig Goodwin’s cross into the far corner to put them 1-0 up after 23 minutes.

That sparked an outburst of jubilant celebration from the small contingent of Australia fans behind the goal, which momentarily silenced the hostile and unwavering support for Tunisia.

Hissed and jeered throughout by striking clusters of Tunisia fans draped in red at the Al Janoub Stadium, Australia held their nerve to claim their first victory at a World Cup since 2010.

They survived a desperate onslaught from Tunisia in the second half, with Youssef Msakni forcing goalkeeper Mathew Ryan into a save at his near post, though that came moments after Mathew Leckie had come inches away from connecting with Goodwin’s cross at the other end.

Stoke City defender Harry Souttar put in a superb performance, making several key blocks and tackles as Australia dug in.

Australia, who suffered a humbling defeat by France in their opening match, will take on tough opponents Denmark next – but with qualification in their own hands.

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  1. Squad number16Player nameDahmen

  2. Squad number6Player nameBronn

  3. Squad number4Player nameMeriah

  4. Squad number3Player nameTalbi

  5. Squad number20Player nameDräger

  6. Squad number17Player nameSkhiri

  7. Squad number14Player nameLaïdouni

  8. Squad number24Player nameAbdi

  9. Squad number23Player nameSliti

  10. Squad number7Player nameMsakni

  11. Squad number9Player nameJebali

  1. Squad number10Player nameKhazri

  2. Squad number11Player nameKhenissi

  3. Squad number13Player nameSassi

  4. Squad number21Player nameKechrida


  1. Squad number1Player nameRyan

  2. Squad number5Player nameKaracic

  3. Squad number19Player nameSouttar

  4. Squad number4Player nameRowles

  5. Squad number16Player nameBehich

  6. Squad number7Player nameLeckie

  7. Squad number22Player nameIrvine

  8. Squad number13Player nameMooy

  9. Squad number23Player nameGoodwin

  10. Squad number15Player nameDuke

  11. Squad number14Player nameMcGree

  1. Squad number2Player nameDegenek

  2. Squad number9Player nameMaclaren

  3. Squad number10Player nameHrustic

  4. Squad number11Player nameMabil

  5. Squad number26Player nameBaccus



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Dahmen
  • 6BronnSubstituted forKechridaat 73′minutes
  • 4Meriah
  • 3Talbi
  • 20DrägerSubstituted forSassiat 45′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Skhiri
  • 14LaïdouniBooked at 26minsSubstituted forKhazriat 67′minutes
  • 24AbdiBooked at 64mins
  • 23Sliti
  • 7Msakni
  • 9JebaliSubstituted forKhenissiat 73′minutes


  • 1Mathlouthi
  • 2Ifa
  • 5Ghandri
  • 8Mejbri
  • 10Khazri
  • 11Khenissi
  • 12Maâloul
  • 13Sassi
  • 15Ben Romdhane
  • 18Chaalali
  • 19Jaziri
  • 21Kechrida
  • 22Ben Saïd
  • 25Ben Slimane
  • 26Hassen


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ryan
  • 5KaracicSubstituted forDegenekat 75′minutes
  • 19Souttar
  • 4Rowles
  • 16Behich
  • 7LeckieSubstituted forBaccusat 85′minutes
  • 22Irvine
  • 13Mooy
  • 23GoodwinSubstituted forMabilat 85′minutes
  • 15DukeSubstituted forMaclarenat 64′minutes
  • 14McGreeSubstituted forHrusticat 64′minutes


  • 2Degenek
  • 6Tilio
  • 8Wright
  • 9Maclaren
  • 10Hrustic
  • 11Mabil
  • 12Redmayne
  • 17Devlin
  • 18Vukovic
  • 20Deng
  • 21Kuol
  • 24King
  • 25Cummings
  • 26Baccus

Daniel Siebert


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