Monday June 10th, 2002
Tunisia vs Belgium in Oita (1:1)
Belgium were caught out by Japan
in their first game and would soon let Tunisia back into the match, in Oita, as well.
The Tunisian goalkeeper was all over the place as a cross came over from the right, was
chipped into the middle from the left and knocked down for Marc Wilmots to score his
second goal of the tournament - 13 mins.
And four minutes later Tunisia were back in the game as Raouf Bouzaiene struck a left-foot
free-kick clean over the wall and past the outstretched Geert De Vlieger.
After a few attempts to get in front, both teams then looked as though
they were conserving energy for a final fling in the second-half. Let's hope so.
Half-time: Tunisia 1 - Belgium 1
Belgium made a double substitution at the start of the half - Sven Vermant on for Gert
Verheyen and Wesley Sonck for Branko Strupar - as they tried to look more convincing in
front of goal.
But it was Tunisia who almost went in front, five minutes after the
restart, when Kais Ghodhbane's blinding volley flew narrowly wide.
More was probably expected from Belgium, after they beat France in
Paris.... but maybe that was the sign that France were falling rather than Belgium were
A disappointing game from the Europeans here.
Tunisia 1 - Belgium 1
Man of the Match:
Kais Ghodhbane - In a pretty dour game we're going to go out on a limb and say that Kais
Ghodhbane tried to show some creative skill.
Hassen Gabsi (22 mins)
Daniel Van Buyten (40 mins)
Kais Ghodhbane (43 mins)
Hatem Trabelsi (68 mins)
Mourad Melki (69 mins)
1 Ali Boumnjiel; 2 Khaled Badra, 12 Raouf Bouzaiene, 15 Radhi Jaidi, 6 Hatem Trabelsi; 18
Slim Benachour, 13 Riadh Bouazizi, 8 Hassen Gabsi (11 Adel Sellimi - 66 mins), 10 Kais
Ghodhbane; 5 Zied Jaziri (20 Ali Zitouni - 78 mins), 21 Mourad Melki (3 Zoubaier Baya - 88
1 Geert De Vlieger; 3 Glen De Boeck, 2 Eric Deflandre, 16 Daniel Van Buyten, 12 Peter Van
der Heyden; 8 Bart Goor, 6 Timmy Simons (22 Mbo Mpenza -74 mins), 18 Yves Vanderhaeghe, 11
Gert Verheyen (14 Sven Vermant - 46 mins); 20 Branko Strupar (9 Wesley Sonck - 46 mins), 7
Referee: Mark Shield
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