World Cup soccer...and Tunisia startled everyone, especially their dumbfounded opponents, by thrashing Mexico three-one in?
World Cup soccer...and Tunisia startled everyone, especially their dumbfounded opponents, by thrashing Mexico three-one in the opening match of Group Two. The least-fancied of the sixteen finalists, Tunisia revealed delicate ball skills which delighted the crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Tunisia, in the dark shirts, and kicking left to right, began in sprightly style. But they had an early fright when Cueller almost put Mexico in the lead.
Then the North Africans had a savage setback. A penalty was given for handball, and Mexican captain Arturo Vazquez rolled the kick gently past the goalkeeper.
The lead lasted until the fifty-fifth minute, although the Tunisians had earlier knitted together a number of deft movements. A quick thrust along the right flank...a telling cross...and Kaabi shot truly from well out. The equaliser was well deserved.
Mexico was nonplussed as the Tunisians kept on attacking with keen football unexpected from a side quoted as a thousand-to-one shot for the title.
Unlike their opponents, Mexico are old hands in World Cup finals. But expectations had gone awry...they could not get a grip of the match.
The eightieth minute brought Tunisia's advance towards a famous victory. Mexico's defence was split open, and gommidh was there to finish the move brilliantly.
The upstarts had not finished inflicting misery on Mexico. A thirty-yard pass found Tunisian full back Doubi for their third goal.