Australia beats Tunisia to boost last 16 hopes

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Australia secured a huge victory against Tunisia in Group D to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

It was the first win at a World Cup since 2010 for the Socceroos and cue “Down Under” blaring out over the speakers at full time.

FULL MATCH REPLAY

Mitchell Duke’s fine header in the first half was enough to get them past a stodgy Tunisia, as the African nation were spurred on by their huge number of fans in the stadium but they couldn’t find a way past Matt Ryan in Australia’s goal.

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The victory sets up a huge game against Denmark in Australia’s Group D finale, as a win against the Danes will give them the chance to reach the last 16 for just the second time in their history.

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As for Tunisia, they now face reigning World Cup champions France in their final group stage game knowing they have to win and hope for a miracle.


Socceroos dig deep to give themselves a chance

After qualifying for this tournament via the intercontinental playoff, Australia have been written off and Graham Arnold had a lot of criticism for the way the Socceroos played. Nobody cares now. His team put in a heroic shift and played to their strengths and sucked the energy out of Tunisia in the first half. This win gives them huge belief they can get the victory against Denmark they need in their final group stage game to have a chance of making the last 16. There is real grit and spirit about this Aussie side and right now you’d say they are the favorites to get past Denmark, even though the Danes have a better team on paper. Defensively they were exceptional and didn’t put a foot wrong and if they can replicate this display against Denmark, they have a huge chance of creating history.


Stars of the show

Harry Souttar: Superb from the giant center back. Key block in the first half and cleared everything which came into the box. At the heart of an incredible defensive display.

Aaron Mooy: What an engine this guy has. Rolled back the years to keep the ball and take the pressure off when Australia needed him and he rattled into challenges.

Mitchell Duke: Great header for the winner, held the ball up so well and gave his side a focal point.

Tunisia vs Australia
Graphic via FotMob.com

How to watch Tunisia vs Australia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 5am ET, Saturday (November 26)
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Tunisia found it tough sledding to create scoring chances against Denmark, as they came out in a very conservative 3-4-2-1 formation. Midfielder Aissa Laidouni starred in central midfield, though the bulk of his contributions were of the hard-nosed, ball-winning variety. Tunisia will likely find themselves with more possession and the opportunity to take the game to Australia on Saturday, as opposed to playing more of the game against Denmark inside their own half.

Australia were a goal ahead and comfortably the better side after the opening 15 or 20 minutes of their clash with France, before the defending world champions settled in and began to play through Australia’s midfield and defense with ease. Possession was the best form of defense for Les Bleus, who allowed just four shots in total from Australia. To that point, Craig Goodwin’s 9th-minute goal was the Socceroos’ lone shot on target.


Tunisia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 30
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified via CAF playoffs (Beat Mali)
Coach: Jalel Kadri
Key players: Ferjani Sassi, Wahbi Khazri, Youssef Msakni

Australia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 38
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified from AFC via the intercontinental playoffs
Coach: Graham Arnold
Key players: Mathew Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, World Cup

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In just under six five four three two months, the USMNT will kick off its campaign at the 2022 World Cup, but first, a pair of friendlies against two of the other 31 sides heading to Qatar.

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We already knew the USMNT will face England and Iran, and we now know that the Yanks will open their World Cup campaign against Wales, who knocked off Ukraine to book their spot in Qatar. But first, Gregg Berhalter and Co., will play a pair of friendlies against World Cup-qualified sides, as well as their first two games of the 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League, this summer.

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Two more friendlies during the September international window, the only window during the first half of the (condensed) 2022-23 European club season, will see the Yanks face a pair of World Cup sides — Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Players will be released by their clubs no later than Nov. 14, with the tournament set to kick off one week later, on Nov. 21, and the USMNT closing out the first day of action with their opening game.

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for the remainder of 2022 and early 2023…


USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly
** CONCACAF Nations League
*** 2022 World Cup

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0 | Player ratings | Recap & highlights
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0Three things we learned
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0 | Three things we learned 
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1 | Three things we learned
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0 | Recap & highlights | Player ratings
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain)

vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Al Rayyan, Qatar
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Al Khor, Qatar
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Doha, Qatar

2023

at Grenada** — March 24, TBD — St. George’s, Grenada
vs El Salvador** — March 27, TBD — TBD


USMNT World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1| Player ratings | Three things we learned

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1 | Player ratings | Three things we learned
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 | Player ratings | Three things we learned


Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification


Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5


Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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USMNT defender Shaq Moore joins MLS side Nashville SC from Tenerife

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — USMNT right back Shaq Moore was acquired by Nashville of Major League Soccer on Tuesday and agreed to a contract through the 2025 season.

Nashville acquired the 25-year-old’s MLS rights from Montreal for $50,000 in general allocation money. The deal includes an option for 2026.

Moore spent the last three seasons with Tenerife in Spain’s second division. A native of Powder Springs, Georgia, he went to the IMG Academy and signed with Spain’s Huracan, then a second-division team, ahead of the 2015-16 season.

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He moved to another second-tier team, Oviedo, for the second half of 2015-16 and then Levante’s reserve team in the third tier for 2016-17.

Moore made his debut with Levante’s senior team in the Copa del Rey on Oct. 26, 2017, at Girona and his La Liga debut three days later at Eibar. He was loaned to second-division Reus for 2018-19 and was among the players who left the team in December 2018 when their salaries weren’t paid.

He signed with Tenerife in July 2019.

Moore has one goal in 15 appearances for the U.S., in a 1-0 win over Canada at last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. He appeared in four of the 14 World Cup qualifiers.

Wayne Rooney unveiled as new DC United manager

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Wayne Rooney is headed back to the Black-and-Red.

The England legend, 36, won’t be playing for DC United this time around, as the manager is taking on his second managerial role following a well-praised run at troubled Derby County.

Rooney won’t begin his run as DC boss until the visa process is confirmed, and Chad Ashton will continue in the interim role for now.

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DC has won just five times in 17 matches this season, conceding the joint-most goals in MLS and boasting the second-worst goal differential despite having played the fewest times.

The Black and Red are nine points off the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, and have attacking talent in newly-minuted All-Star playmaker Taxi Fountas as well as Ola Kamara

Rooney, the author of so many memorable Premier League moments with Manchester United and Everton, scored 23 times with 13 assists in 48 MLS appearances for DC.

Vincent Kompany appointed new Burnley manager

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Vincent Kompany was appointed as Burnley’s new manager, replacing longtime boss Sean Dyche on a permanent basis.

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After two seasons at Anderlecht, his boyhood club where he finished 4th and 3rd, the former Belgium and Manchester City captain is back in England where he’ll try to guide the Clarets back to the Premier League following their relegation to the EFL Championship.


Previously…

Vincent Kompany leaves Anderlecht, in frame for Burnley manager job

“Today only one feeling prevails: I am proud that I was able to start this new chapter at the club of my heart,” Kompany said on Anderlecht’s site. “I have now been a player and a coach of RSC Anderlecht, but above all I remain a loyal fan.”

Jackson would’ve certainly been among those considered for the job, which is going to be a major project even with parachute payments. Maybe Kompany’s status helps fellow ex-Man City man Ben Mee stick around for life in the Championship, but Wout Weghorst, Maxwel Cornet, Dwight McNeil, Nick Pope, and James Tarkowski all seem likely to move onto new top-tier homes whether in England or elsewhere.

Joining Mee and Tarkowski as out-of-contract are Jack Cork, Aaron Lennon, Erik Pieters, Dale Stephens, Phil Bardsley, Ashley Barnes, and Matej Vydra.

Who does that leave? Promising Nathan Collins and an in-prime Josh Brownhill, as well as Charlie Taylor, Jay Rodriguez, and Ashley Westwood amongst others.

Kompany’s name will help get some good loanees in the door, much like we’ve seen with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. He had Joshua Zirkzee from Bayern Munich and Christian Kouame from Fiorentina last season, combining for nearly 30 goals between them.