FIFA World Cup FIFA U20WC: Tunisia to face Brazil despite defeat to Uruguay

African representatives Tunisia qualified for the round of 16 of the U20 Fifa World Cup despite suffering a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on Monday.

The young Carthage Eagles went into the final Group E fixture seeking a straight victory but they were undone in the 90th minute when Franco Gonzalez Fernandez scored from the penalty spot.

Tunisia had started the game well and almost took the lead in the 12th minute when Mohamed Dhaoui raced clear to miss a cross from Chaïm El Djebali but his right-footed effort rattled the woodwork to go out.

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Another best chance for Tunisia came in the 45th minute when Mohamed Wael Derbali saw his glancing punched out to a fruitless corner by goalkeeper Randall Jonas Rodríguez Lucas.

The game was finally decided in the stoppages when Gonzalez Fernandez stepped up to convert from the penalty spot, sending Tunisia goalkeeper Dries Arfaoui in the wrong direction.

England topped the group with seven points; Uruguay came second with six points while Tunisia finished third with three points.

The African side, who lost their opener 1-0 against England and recovered to beat Iraq 3-0, will now face Brazil in the round of 16 at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on Wednesday.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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