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Tunisia XI to play Australia: Khazri benched for key World Cup game

5:00 PM IST 26/11/22
Khazri of Tunisia.
The Carthage Eagles will be seeking their first win in the competition when they face the Socceroos

Tunisia have named their team to play Australia on Saturday afternoon in a Group D World Cup game at the Al Janoub Stadium.

The North Africans kicked off their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Denmark and they are aware a win will be vital if they are to stand a chance of advancing.

Here is how Jalel Kadris' team line up.

  • GK_Aymen Dahmen

    Goalkeeper: Aymen Dahmen

    The 25-year-old CS Sfaxien custodian put up a good show against Denmark and he has kept his spot in the team.

  • DF_Mohamed Drager

    Right wing-back: Mohamed Drager

    Apart from defending, Drager can push on on the right flank and his crosses will be crucial for the strikers.

  • DF_Montassar Talbi

    Centre-back: Montassar Talbi

    The Lorient defender has been one of the key figures for the Atlas Lions, especially in the central defensive role with his superb defensive instinct.

  • DF_Dylan Bronn

    Centre-back: Dylan Bronn

    Bronn has been superb for his Serie A club Salernitana and he led the line well against Denmark. This enabled him to retain his starting role.

  • DF_Yassine Meriah

    Centre-back: Yassine Meriah

    The Esperance defender plays in the middle of a three-man backline and did well against Denmark.

  • DF_Ali Abdi

    Left wing-back: Ali Abdi

    The 28-year-old Abdi is important for Tunisia with his lung-bursting runs from the left. He created two chances against Denmark which were not used.

  • MF_Ellyes Skhiri

    Central midfielder: Ellyes Skhiri

    The FC Koln midfielder has once again been preferred in central midfield where he played amazingly well in the opener.

  • Tunisia's midfielder Aissa Laidouni

    Central midfielder: Aissa Laidouni

    Laidouni partnered Skhiri against Denmark and he will get another chance to help the North Africans get a much-needed victory.

  • FW_Anis Ben Slimane

    Right Attacker: Naim Sliti

    Sliti who features for Al-Ettifaq is a change for Tunisia from the first game as he comes in for Anis Ben Slimane.

  • FW_Youssef Msakni

    Left Attacker: Youssef Msakni

    With this likely to be his last appearance in the global competition, Msakni will play behind Jebali.

  • FW_Issam Jebali

    Forward: Issam Jebali

    Wahbi Khazri has not started so Jebali has this opportunity to lead the line.