Queue. Mitchell Duque’s goal helped Australia beat Tunisia 1-0 to keep their World Cup hopes alive on Saturday. Australia only needed a draw in this match to keep their hopes of making the knockouts alive but Duke’s 23rd-minute goal took them all to three points. This is Australia’s first win in the World Cup since their win against Serbia in 2010.
This result means that Australia can still make it to the last 16. They lost 4–1 to defending champions France in their first match. In Group D, both France and Australia now have three points each. Denmark and Tunisia have one point each. France is yet to face Denmark. The final stage matches of this group will be played on Wednesday in which Tunisia will face France and Australia will face Denmark. The start of both the teams was not good in this match. Duke showed his agility in such a situation and scored the goal.
He first handled the ball in the middle of the field and then passed it to Craig Goodwin. Duke then made a quick run and scored a spectacular goal from Goodwin’s cross. After scoring, Duke made a ‘J’ with his hand in the air for his son Jackson. Jackson was present at the stadium. The goal stunned the red-clad Tunisian fans, while yellow-clad Australian fans began to jump with bats.
Tunisia had impressed by holding European Championship finalists Denmark to a goalless draw in their previous match but could only challenge Australia on a few occasions. Australia also put their strength on saving the goal after a one-goal lead. Tunisia is playing in its sixth World Cup but has never progressed past the first round. He can still make a place in the knockouts but for this he will have to defeat the strong team of France.