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Tunisia 2-2 Saudi Arabia
Wednesday, 14 June 2006

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Z Jaziri 24
R Jaidi 90

Saudi Arabia

Y Al Kahtani 57
S Al Jaber 84


K Haggui 35yellow card
R Bouazizi 36yellow card
A Chedli 65yellow card
Y Chikhaoui 79yellow card



45% 55%

Shots on target

2 10

Shots off target

4 6


3 4


15 12


  • 01 A Boumnijel
  • 03 K Haggui yellow card
  • 06 H Trabelsi
  • 15 R Jaidi
  • 18 D Jemmali
  • 12 J Mnari
  • 13 R Bouazizi yellow card (54 M Nafti )
  • 14 A Chedli yellow card (69 K Ghodhbane )
  • 20 H Namouchi
  • 05 Z Jaziri
  • 09 Y Chikhaoui yellow card (82 K Essediri )


  • 19 A Ayari,
  • 17 C Ben Saada,
  • 02 K Essediri,
  • 10 K Ghodhbane,
  • 07 H Gmamdia,
  • 22 H Kasraoui,
  • 23 S Melliti,
  • 08 M Nafti,
  • 16 A Nefzi,
  • 21 K Saidi,
  • 11 F Santos,
  • 04 A Yahia

Saudi Arabia

  • 21 M Zaid
  • 02 A Dokhi
  • 03 R Tukar
  • 04 H Al Montashari
  • 13 H Sulimani
  • 06 O Al Ghamdi
  • 08 M Noor (75 M Ameen )
  • 14 S Khariri
  • 16 K Aziz
  • 18 N Al Temyat (66 M Mouath )
  • 20 Y Al Kahtani (82 S Al Jaber )


  • 17 M Al Anbar,
  • 15 A Al Bahri,
  • 01 M Al Daeyea,
  • 11 S Al Harthi,
  • 09 S Al Jaber,
  • 05 N Al Qadi,
  • 10 M Al Shlhoub,
  • 07 M Ameen,
  • 12 A Khathran,
  • 22 M Khojah,
  • 19 M Massad,
  • 23 M Mouath

Ref: Mark Shield
Att: 66000


FULL-TIME: A last-gasp Tunisian equaliser breaks Saudi hearts, but it's Ukraine who are the real winners here. Tunisia will be happy with a point, but they have still not won a World Cup match since June 1978, when Boney M topped the charts with Rivers Of Babylon.

GOAL 91 mins: Tunisia 2-2 Saudi Arabia
Late dramas as Bolton's Radhi Jaidi heads Tunisia level, getting on to the end of Ziad Jaziri's pinpoint cross. One of the easiest goals he will ever score.

88 mins: Hussein Sulaimani almost gives the Saudis an unassailable 3-1 lead but his deflected free-kick hits the bar.

87 mins: Kaies Ghodhbane goes within a whisker of levelling for Tunisia but his 25-yard volley scorches just wide.

GOAL: 84 mins: Tunisia 1-2 Saudi Arabia
Substitute Sami Al Jaber makes an immediate impact as he fires the Saudis in front, rounding off an exquisite one-touch move from the back by tucking the ball past Ali Boumnijel.

80 mins: A substitution by each side shows how they are going to approach the last 10 minutes. Tunisian striker Yassine Chikhaoui is replaced by the more defensive Karim Essederi, while the Saudis bring on veteran striker Sami Al Jaber for Yassir Al Khatani. Al Jaber wins his 161st cap.

75 mins: "When we're in a ground that looks like a spaceship, we shouldn't be surprised that it's a close encounter."
Darren Fletcher, BBC Five Live Sport.

74 mins: Mohammed Noor, who set up the Saudi equaliser, is replaced by Mohammed Ameen.

77 mins: Karim Haggui, who has already been booked, trips Saudi Arabian substitute Malek Al Hawsawi just outside the area. The referee decides not to give Haggui his marching orders and when Yassine Chikhaoui questions this, he is booked. The free-kick comes to nothing.

70 mins: "Since the restart the Saudis have been the best side and fully deserved their equaliser. Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre realises this and that's why he's making the changes. One thing's for sure, Ukraine will be happy if it stays like this."
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

68 mins:
Tunisia make their second change. Kaies Ghodhbane, who was expected to start, replaces fellow midfielder Adel Chedli.

66 mins: Substitute Malek Al Hawsawi comes on for Saudi Arabia. Surprisingly it's playmaker Nawaf Al Temyat who he replaces. Al Temyat has been one of the Saudis liveliest players, but he does not appear to be carrying a knock.

62 mins: Back come Tunisia and Medhi Nafti has a glorious opportunity to restore their advantage when he receives the ball 15 yards out. But his lack of match fitness shows and he slices his shot embarrassingly wide.

62 mins: The Saudis have got their tails up and Yasser Al Khatani again charges towards goal, only to see his shot blocked. Hussein Sulaimani follows up but his left foot shot is straight at the keeper.

56 mins: GOAL Tunisia 1-1 Saudi Arabia
Yasser Al Khatani levels for Saudi Arabia with their first World Cup goal since 1998 - and it's a beauty. Mohammed Noor whips in a low cross and Khatani steals in between two Tunisian defenders to smash the ball home.

53 mins: Tunisia skipper Riadh Bouazizi goes off, to be replaced by Birmingham City midfielder Medhi Nafti.

51 mins: Nawaf Al Temyat has another crack with a free-kick, but like his previous efforts, it comes to nothing.

48 mins: Khaled Aziz tries his luck from range for the Saudis but it always looks a little ambitious and careers well wide.

46 mins: Karim Haggui makes a hash of a clearance, giving Mohammed Noor a golden opportunity to make it 1-1. But with the goal at his mercy, his first touch lets him down and the ball trickles harmlessly across the area.

1803 BST: Tunisia finally get the second half under way.

1755 BST: A fan waving a Tunisian flag holds up the start of the second half as he dances his way across the pitch.

"It's hot and sticky in the stadium and time to take on water - I don't just mean for the players, for the commentators as well."
Darren Fletcher, Five Live Sport.

"Tunisia will be delighted with their half-time lead, but don't rule out the Saudis just yet."
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

HALF-TIME: A cracking strike from Ziad Jaziri gives Tunisia the lead, but it's a goal that's not really reflective of a fairly pedestrian match. The Tunisians are within sight of their first World Cup win since 1978.

44 mins: The lively Nawaf Al Temyat has the Saudi fans on their feet with a scorching 30-yarder which whistles just past Ali Boumnijel's far post.

36 mins: Tunisia captain Riadh Bouazizi also collects a yellow card for encroaching. Redha Tuker finally takes the free-kick, but it's a comfortable take for Ali Boumnijel.

35 mins: Saudia Arabia win a free-kick after Karim Haggui chops down Nawaf Al Temyat just outside the area. Haggui picks up a booking for his troubles.

33 mins: Nawaf Al Temyat puts a searching cross into the box for Saudi Arabia, but Yasser Al Kahtani's glancing header flies wide under pressure from Radhi Jaidi. Replays suggest Jaidi might be lucky to get away with a little nudge.

30 mins: "The Saudis are not lacking in incentives to win this game - they are on 15,000 each to win a group game, plus a further 45,000 if they qualify for the next stage."
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

22 mins: GOAL: Tunisia 1-0 Saudi Arabia
Ziad Jaziri fires Tunisia in front with a spectacular volley after Redha Tuker makes a poor headed clearance from a free-kick. It's Troyes striker Jazari's 14th goal for his country.

20 mins: "The Saudis are keeping their shape better at the moment and Tunisia need to get themselves back into this."
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

18 mins: Tunisia give away another free-kick in a dangerous position as Karim Haggui barges over Mohammed Noor. Nawaf Al Temyat swings it in from the left, but none of his team-mates are able to get on the end of it.

16 mins: The Saudis keep the pressure on, winning three successive corners, but each one comes to nothing.

15 mins: Saudi Arabia's first real opportunity, as Nawat Al Temyat is brought down 10 yards outside the box. The striker picks himself up to take the free-kick, which is deflected wide.

9 mins: Tunisia go close to opening the scoring. Adel Chedli's corner finds Karim Haggui but he gets too much on his downward header and it bounces over the bar.

7 mins: A giant Mexican wave is going around the stadium.

6 mins: It's a game of cat and mouse at the moment. Both teams know the importance of this result and neither are taking any undue risks in the troubling heat.

3 mins: "The Saudis are playing a five-man midfield but Tunisia are playing 4-4-2."
Jimmy Armfield, Five Live Sport.

2 mins: Tunisia's Ziad Jaziri's flies into the box and takes a tumble, but the referee is having none of it.

1700 BST: The last of the initial group games gets under way in blistering conditions.

1655 BST: Both teams stand with their arms around each other for the national anthems. Both are jaunty little affairs but it's 1-0 to the Saudis in terms of singing.

1645 BST: "It's currently 34C inside the stadium."
Darren Fletcher, BBC Five Live Sport.

1640 BST: "Saudi Arabia are one of only two teams in this World Cup, Italy being the other, where all the players play in their domestic league. The worry here is that players will be going out to sell themselves to the European leagues and will play as individuals rather than a team."
Five Live reporter, Jeddah.

1630 BST: Saudi goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayer will have to wait to add to his incredible tally of 181 caps, after being named among the substitutes. Tunisia will start with Ali Boumnijel between the sticks, who at the age of 40 is the oldest player in the tournament.

1620 BST: "A win for either nation in this group puts them in with a very good chance of qualifying for the second phase after Spain's 4-0 hammering of Ukraine earlier."
Darren Fletcher, BBC Five Live Sport.

1615 BST: "The way the stadium is designed, the sun produces a magnifying glass effect. Some of the fans must be boiling."
Jimmy Armfield, BBC Five Live Sport.

1610 BST: Tunisia are without Francileudo Santos for their group opener against Saudi Arabia after the striker picked up a leg injury in a warm-up match. Coach Roger Lemerre has put his faith in 19-year-old Yassine Chikhaoui as a direct replacement for Santos.

Saudi Arabia skipper Sami al-Jaber will start on the bench, after being troubled by a thigh injury. The veteran striker, in line to win his 161st cap, is replaced by 23-year-old Yasser al-Kahtani.

1600 BST: "It's boiling hot here in Munich. We're sat in a stadium that looks more like a spaceship - we're expecting to take off at some point during the game."
Darren Fletcher, BBC Five Live Sport.


Tunisia: Boumnijel, Haggui, Trabelsi, Jaidi, Jemmali, Mnari, Bouazizi, Chedli, Namouchi, Jaziri, Chikhaoui.
Subs: Ayari, Ben Saada, Essediri, Ghodhbane, Gmamdia, Kasraoui, Melliti, Nafti, Nefzi, Saidi, Santos, Yahia.

Saudi Arabia: Zaid, Dokhi, Tukar, Al Montashari, Sulimani, Al Ghamdi, Noor, Khariri, Aziz, Al Temyat, Al Kahtani. Subs:
Al Anbar, Al Bahri, Al Daeyea, Al Harthi, Al Jaber, Al Qadi, Al Shlhoub, Ameen, Khathran, Khojah, Massad, Mouath.

Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

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