Is this the moment Australia broke Tunisian hearts? Substitutes gather around phone as they learn of their World Cup exit following Socceroos’ shock win to reach the last-16
Tunisia’s bench were seen gathering around screens to watch the final minutes of Australia’s shock 1-0 win over Denmark, a result which saw the Socceroos advance to the knock-out stage of the World Cup at their expense.
The Tunisian dugout’s view was drawn away from the pitch, where their side were defending a slender 1-0 advantage over France in Group D.
Tunisia’s substitutes were left helpless as Denmark failed to score an equaliser, which would have taken the African nation into the knock-out stages for the first time.
Tunisia’s substitutes were seen gathering around a phone to watch Australia’s match end
The Tunisian team needed Denmark to equalise to advance to the knock-out stage in Qatar
Wahbi Khazri, who was substituted after scoring the only goal in Tunisia’s shock win over France, was among four players to watch the final minutes on a team photographer’s phone.
Khazri and Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri walked away disconsolate after the full-time whistle blew to confirm Australia’s progression.
Action continued on the pitch at the Education City Stadium, with Antoine Griezmann appearing to have added to Tunisia’s heartbreak.
Players were seen gathering around a team photographer’s phone to watch the final minutes
Tunisia’s match-winner Wahbi Khazri walked away after Australia’s win was confirmed
The French forward scored seconds after Australia’s victory was confirmed, with his injury time effort seemingly denying Tunisia a first victory in Qatar.
The goal was eventually ruled out following a VAR check completed after the final whistle, with Griezmann adjudged to have been offside in the build-up.
The reprieve allowed Tunisia to celebrate a historic win over the reigning world champions, but the African nation still bowed out of the tournament.