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

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3:14 pm

13′: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia wins a corner kick performed badly, lying above the French goal. But while France tries to get up, Veretout loses the ball and Khazri runs into the area. Veretout tangles with him and falls, but he’s melodramatic to say the least, and waves nonchalantly.

3:12pm

10′: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia could have deserved an early lead. This extravagant France looks a bit bumpy and lacks fluidity. Tunisia, in turmoil for ball possession, has already given them some initial fears, no less than the disallowed goal.

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

Anguished Tunisian fans watching the offside replay on the big screen.

3:09 pm

8′: Tunisia 0 France 0

Again Ben Romdhane goes all out on the right, kept close by Tchouameni. Eventually he brought it down and set up a free kick for Tunisia from the touchline.

Khazri lined up to send a low and fly ball for Ghandri, who sent the ball past Mandanda! But Ghandri goes too early, and the goal is quickly disallowed for offside.

A gritty start for Tunisia, however.

3:06pm

Jeremy Wilson is at Education City Stadium

France’s huge change is the main topic of discussion, but you can understand Didier Deschamps’ thinking: there will be no other chance to rest key players from the start of a match and his side have already had their share of injuries. Australia and Denmark are unlikely to be too happy if Tunisia prevail, but France’s strength in depth should be enough and it’s a great chance for those looking to break into the regular squad.

3:05 pm

5′: Tunisia 0 France 0

Ben Romdhane sprinted down the left, seeking assistance from Ben Slimane, but his team-mate knocked the ball out. A few quick passes on the edge of the France area pushes the defense to fire, while the ball flies for a corner.

It is delivered well, nearly falling in front of Mandanda, but Varane kicks the ball high and out of the way.

3:04pm

3′: Tunisia 0 France 0

The commentary informs that ten of the Tunisian squad are of French descent, which adds an interesting wrinkle to this already history-laden contest. Could we have a moment like we saw in Switzerland / Cameroon, where Breel Embolo scored against his native country?

Khazri goes down after crashing into a similar wall to Camavinga, but the Tunisian captain gets up quickly.

3:01 pm

1′: Tunisia 0 France 0

Tunisia immediately tries to take the lead, Ben Slimane tries to slip between Varane and Konate but Mandanda snaps to collect the ball.

3pm

Kick off

Varane captains France today, in Lloris’ absence: where will the Manchester United man be in today’s player table?

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2:56 pm

Anthem time!

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

No surprise then, that La Marseillaise is loudly booed and booed by Tunisian fans in the stands. This only spurs the French crowd to sing their tune louder.

Five minutes to go.

2:46 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

2.39pm

Players warming 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

2:32 pm

Share your match predictions

How does this affect match predictions? France possess incredible depth, making it difficult to bet even against a starting XI who look like a second-tier side. But who can resist dreaming of an upset?

2:29 pm

The chronicles in black and white

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

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

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

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

A poor six substitutions for Tunisia, against nine for France.

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

Neither Mbappé nor Griezmann will start this afternoon for France – Elsa/Getty Images

2:23 pm

Team news

2:18 pm

Will Tunisia be able to deceive the second row of France?

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of this final stage of Group D matches, with France taking on Tunisia at the Education City Stadium commencing at 3pm.

With qualification sealed for current World Cup holders France after emphatic victories over Australia and Denmark, manager Didier Deschamps has opted to rest a number of key players, including Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, captain Hugo Lloris and star player Kylian Mbappé.

When asked whether members of France’s strongest XI, Mbappé in particular, would feel offended by coming on as a substitute, Deschamps was optimistic, stressing that he need not worry about his international ego.

“Kylian doesn’t have a big ego, doesn’t he. He’s a key player, but he’s a team player. Sure, he’s a star, but he’s not 18 anymore, he’s more experienced.

“He wants to play […] but not everyone can start the game, that’s normal. You can imagine a lot of things, but I have a lot of factors to take into consideration.”

Guaranteed qualification for Les Bleues allows Deschamps to get minutes into World Cup rookies Randal Kolo Muani, Youssouf Fofana and Matteo Guendouzi, among others, in lieu of France supporters.

Tunisia cannot have such flexibility, with qualification still within the realm of possibility should they beat today’s opponents. They are currently bottom of the group, having earned their only point thanks to a strong performance against Denmark, which ended in a goalless draw. But Denmark also had a slow start to the tournament and share bottom place.

It may take some work, but as with much of these last group fixtures, there’s everything to play for, and the absence of some of France’s best and brightest is as much as Tunisia could hope for.

Stay tuned for team news, line-up and full coverage – you can also catch the other 3pm kick-off in this group, which pits Australia against Denmark, here.

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