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Two Manchester United midfielders feature in 2022 FIFA World Cup’s first goalless draw

Christian Eriksen of Denmark speaks with Hannibal Mejbri of Tunisia after the 0-0 draw during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between Denmark and Tunisia at Education City Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.
Christian Eriksen and Hannibal Mejbri. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Hannibal Mejbri and Christian Eriksen of Manchester United feature in Denmark vs Tunisia stalemate

Manchester United star Christian Eriksen started for Denmark, while Hannibal Mejbri came on as a substitute for Tunisia in the World Cup fixture that ended 0-0. The two midfielders, 30 and 19, went head to head at the Education City Stadium on Tuesday (22 November).

Some fans have high expectations from the Red and Whites after their semi-final run in Euro 2020. However, they did not look at their best against the Carthage Eagles in the first half.

The second half saw the introduction of the Red Devils’ loanee Mejbri. The youngster, who is currently associated with Birmingham City, came on in the 80th minute for Tunisia, replacing Youssef Msakni.

It was the 19-year-old’s World Cup debut and the Old Trafford side expressed their happiness on their official Twitter handle. He became only the second teenager ever to represent the African nation at the prestigious tournament.

The second 45 also saw Denmark grow into the game. They created a few chances to score and Andreas Cornelius failed to hit the target from a yard out in the 70th minute.

Eriksen was also handed the captain’s armband after Simon Kjaer’s substitution at around the hour mark. There was a late VAR check for a penalty against Tunisia, but the referee decided not to award a spot-kick for a handball.

Manchester United star Christian Eriksen was handed the captain's armband for Denmark, while Hannibal Mejbri made his debut for Tunisia.
Manchester United star Christian Eriksen was handed the captain’s armband for Denmark, while Hannibal Mejbri made his debut for Tunisia. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

While the fixture ended in a stalemate, it was an entertaining watch with both teams going at it. And for United fans, Eriksen and Mejbri’s appearances were a bonus. This was also the first 0-0 draw of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Danish national has been an essential player for the Red Devils in the current campaign. On the other hand, the Tunisian youngster is getting regular game time at Birmingham, which is important for his development.

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Denmark will face France next in Group D, while Tunisia will go up against Australia. It remains to be seen whether the two United stars’ national sides make it to the knockout rounds.

Written by Aheed Abrar

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