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The Education City stadium was a cauldron full of fervent fans of the African team. The Danish Cornelius stamped against the post, without opposition, what seemed like the goal of victory (0-0)

Laidouni steals a ball from the Danish Eriksen.Ariel SchalitPA
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Sometimes life gives second chances. Even third. He seemed to be thinking of something like that Christian Eriksen, head down and staring into space, in the tunnel that gave access to the grass of the Education City Stadium. A year after avoiding death, his third World Cup was wide open for him. It happened in a venue drenched in red by the colors of both teams, but taken over unceremoniously by the noisy Tunisian fans. Paradoxically, Tunisia had to wear white. There were no goals to be garnered, but at least football, with its own World Cup atmosphere, was once again the protagonist. With the final shock of VAR and everything.

After stealing the ball from Eriksen, with a rush to the limit, the beefy Aissa Laidouni, shaved head and bushy beard, beat himself to the chest, beside himself, encouraging the roar of a mass. It was one of the first plays. It was as if the match, instead of being played in Doha, was taking place in a stadium in Tunis. An enthusiasm, seen what happened in the opening match, higher than that of the locals with Qatar. Something was intuited when, on the way to the stadium, the subway cars rumbled with African chants. The fans of Denmark, where the World Cup has been generating a lot of indigestion for months, were just a few drops in the midst of the torrential Tunisian fire.

That irate gesture from Laidouni was a foretaste of the intentions of the team that, without a doubt, played at home kasper schmeichelwho can already boast of having played in more World Cups than his father, the mythical Peter, made the statue with a shot that Christensen seemed to hole inadvertently. While Denmark, in her own way, without making a sound (wouldn’t have been heard either), they approached Dahmen’s goal. Eriksen’s recovered heart is also Denmark’s. From his perfumed right hand springs, after his manner, part of that class which laudroup, more Michael than Brian, gave away at another time. Nightmare forgotten, Christian set about doing what he knows best about Education City Stadium.

The stands roared once more, even celebrating a goal, but Jebali, his striker, was offside. He did not even need to resort to VAR. The striker himself would run into a miraculous hand from Schmeichel, just before he Delaney He had to retire injured. More than 40,000 chanted the yellow cards for the Danish players. They did it twice. One, when the referee showed it and the other, when the stadium marker confirmed it.

Cornelius’ stick

The Tunisians thought they saw a goal when Laidouni, yes, the one with those blows to the chest, galloped off, with Andersen throwing the blow. But he was wrong. The stands and the midfielder. he thought that slimane He had a better shot than him and Tunisia’s blow ended up evaporating in a loud desperate cry from a Tunisian supporter who did not lower the decibels for a single moment.

Laidouni cheers the crowd at Education City Stadium.
Laidouni cheers the crowd at Education City Stadium.Hassan AmmarPA

The agile goalkeeper from Tunisia stole the glory from Eriksen and ended up curled up against the post, without any opposition, an incredulous Andreas Cornelius.

There were no goals, but the African fans didn’t seem to need them either. He gave his soul away for 90 minutes of sound and fury. While Denmark, with its shield and its camouflaged commercial signature, close to the organization of the World Cup, slowly turned its page. Thinking that against France, perhaps, the stands can be on their side. The final threat of the VAR did not alter the epilogue.


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J. A. Allen

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