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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Denmark deepen Tunisia crisis
Zied Jaziri
Jaziri got Tunisia's first international goal in 2002
Denmark 2-1 Tunisia

Tunisia's dire run in 2002 continued in Wakayama as they lost 2-1 to Denmark.

The Carthage Eagles now have not recorded a victory over an international side since they beat Liberia 7-2 in December 2001.

Denmark, in contrast, made it two wins out of two over African sides in their World Cup preparations - which bodes well for their Group A clash with Senegal.

The Danes were in control for much of the game, scoring first through Chelsea winger Jesper Grønkjær on 17 minutes.

It was little surprise that, yet again, the Tunisian defence was so quickly and so easily penetrated.

At least Tunisia managed to do something they have failed to do against any international opposition this year - score a goal.

Zied Jaziri was the man who got it, on his return to the side after an ankle injury forced him to miss the defeats against Japanese sides Gamba Osaka and Oita Trinita.

His effort demonstrated why he is a very lonely ray of hope for his struggling side.

Denmark, who were without influential midfielder Martin Jorgensen, were back in front again after just five minutes.

Ebbe Sand, who was also returning after injury problems, made sure of it on 67 minutes.

The Danes now have every cause to be upbeat going into the tournament, where as well as Senegal they face France and Uruguay.

Tunisia, though, are facing the prospect of utter humiliation.

If things do not improve soon they may find themselves having one of the worst World Cups since Zaire went home in 1974 with no goals for and 13 against.

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