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    The World Cup insider tip Denmark has not yet fulfilled the high expectations in its first tournament game. The European semi-finalists struggled to draw 0-0 against the loudly supported outsiders Tunisia on Tuesday at the World Cup in Qatar. It wasn’t until the second half that the Danes even had chances to score. However, her appearance in Al-Rajjan remained thin. In stoppage time, a possible penalty for Denmark was considered but not awarded.

    Denmark’s leading player Christian Eriksen made his first major tournament appearance 17 months after collapsing at Euro 2021. However, the Tunisians paid no heed to this moment, which was so emotional for him. Midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni tackled the Manchester United playmaker on the touchline in the first minute and celebrated the move with a cheering gesture towards the crowd.

    Tens of thousands of Tunisian fans sat there – well over half of the 42,925 spectators in Education City Stadium loudly supported the North Africans. Teams from the Arab world like Tunisia or Morocco have a big advantage at this World Cup. Their followers flew from their homeland to Qatar or are already living there as guest workers. And this massive home game atmosphere intimidated the Danes noticeably, although their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had said the day before: “We know something like that. That is not a problem for us.”

    World Cup 2022: The most valuable players per nation

    Akram Afif | Qatar | Al Sadd SC | Market value: €4 million

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    Squad value: €14.9m

    Keylor Navas | Costa Rica | PSG | Market value: €5 million

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    Squad value: €18.75m

    Sultan Al-Ghannam | Saudi Arabia | Al-Nassr FC | Market value: €2.5 million

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    Squad value: €25.2m

    Matthew Ryan | Australia | FC Copenhagen | Market value: €5 million

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    Squad value: €37.3m

    Mehdi Taremi | Iran | FC Porto | Market value: €20 million

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    Squad value: €59.53m

    Ellyes Skhiri | Tunisia | 1. FC Cologne | Market value: €13 million

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    Squad value: €62.4m

    Moises Caicedo | Ecuador | Brighton | Market value: €13 million

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    Squad value: €146.5m

    Daichi Kamada | Japan | Eintracht Frankfurt | Market value: €30 million

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    Squad value: €154m

    Frank Anguissa | Cameroon | SSC Napoli | Market value: €38 million

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    Squad value: €155m

    Ben Davis | Wales | Tottenham | Market value: €20 million*

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    Squad value: €160.15m
    *plus Brennan Johnson (Nottingham; MV €20m)

    Heung Min Son | South Korea | Tottenham | Market value: €70 million

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    Squad value: €164.48m

    Edson Alvarez | Mexico | ajax | Market value: €35 million

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    Squad value: €176.1m

    Alphonso Davies | Canada | Bayern Munich | Market value: €70 million

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    Squad value: €187.3m

    Thomas Partey | Ghana | Arsenal | Market value: €38 million

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    Squad value: €216.9m

    Kalidou Koulibaly | Senegal | Chelsea | Market value: €35 million

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    Squad value: €229.5m

    Achraf Hakimi | Morocco | PSG | Market value: €65 million

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    Squad value: €241.1m

    Robert Lewandowski | Poland | FC Barcelona | Market value: €45 million

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    Squad value: €255.6m

    Christian Pulisic | United States | Chelsea | Market value: €38 million

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    Squad value: €277.4m

    Manuel Akanji | Switzerland | Manchester City | Market value: €30 million

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    Squad value: €281m

    Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg | Denmark | Tottenham | Market value: €45 million

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    Squad value: €353m

    Dušan Vlahovic | Serbia | Juventus | Market value: €80 million

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    Squad value: €359.5m

    Josko Gvardiol | Croatia | RB Leipzig | Market value: €60 million

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    Squad value: €377 million

    Federico Valverde | Uruguay | Madrid | Market value: €100 million

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    Squad value: €449.7m

    Kevin De Bruyne | Belgium | Manchester City | Market value: €80 million

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    Squad value: €563.2m

    Matthijs de Ligt | Netherlands | Bayern Munich | Market value: €70 million

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    Squad value: €587.25m

    Lautaro Martinez | Argentina | Inter | Market value: €75 million

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    Squad value: €645.2m

    Peter | Spain | FC Barcelona | Market value: €100 million

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    Squad value: €877m

    Yamal Musiala | Germany | Bayern Munich | Market value: €100 million

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    Squad value: €885.5m

    Rafael Leao | Portugal | Milan | Market value: €85 million

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    Squad value: €937m

    Kylian Mbappe | France | PSG | Market value: €160 million

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    Squad value: €997.5m

    Vinicius Jr. | Brazil | Madrid | Market value: €120 million

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    Squad value: €1.14bn

    Phil Foden | UK | Manchester City | Market value: €110 million

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    Squad value: €1.26bn

    In fact, however, the clearly favored Danes would rather play the safety pass if, with a little more risk, significantly larger spaces would have opened up. And they kept getting stuck in the attacking third because their game lacked any pace. Coach Kasper Hjulmand reacted to this sluggish presentation by changing tactics twice in the first 65 minutes alone.

    For at least half of the game, Tunisia were much more grippy, purposeful – and more dangerous. A goal from centre-forward Issam Jebali was disallowed for offside in the 23rd minute. 20 minutes later, the attacker from Danish club Odense BK was saved by goalkeeper Schmeichel (43′).

    The Danes increased their pressure in the second half and made it difficult for their opponents to defend themselves. A goal by Andreas Skov Olsen in the 55th minute was also ruled out for offside. In addition, Eriksen failed with a long-range shot by Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen (69th). And Andreas Cornelius, who had just come on as a substitute, only headed against the post from close range (70′).

    With Moukoko, Mejbri & Co.: The youngest participants in the 2022 World Cup

    Youssoufa Moukoko | Germany | 18 years

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    Market value: €30 million

    Gavi | Spain | 18 years

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    Market value: €90 million

    Bilal El Khannouss | Morocco | 18 years

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    Market value: €4.5 million

    Issahaku Fatawu | Ghana | 18 years

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    Market value: €3 million

    Jewison Bennette | Costa Rica | 18 years

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    Market value: €1 million

    Garang Kuol | Australia | 18 years

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    Market value: €800 thousand

    Yamal Musiala | Germany | 19 years

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    Market value: €100 million

    Jew Bellingham | UK | 19 years

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    Market value: €100 million

    Peter | Spain | 19 years

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    Market value: €100 million

    Yunus Musah | United States | 19 years

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    Market value: €20 million

    Xavi Simons | Netherlands | 19 years

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    Market value: €18 million

    Antonio Silva | Portugal | 19 years

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    Market value: €15 million

    Joe Scally | United States | 19 years

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    Market value: €12 million

    Zeno Debast | Belgium | 19 years

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    Market value: €8 million

    Hannibal Meibri | Tunisia | 19 years

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    Market value: €6 million

    Simon Ngapandouetnbu | Cameroon | 19 years

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    Market value: €400 thousand

    Brandon Aguilera | Costa Rica | 19 years

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    Market value: €275 thousand
    Ibrahim Danlad | Ghana | 19 years

    And so this World Cup started with a disappointment for the Danes, also from a sporting point of view. Like all other European colleagues, captain Simon Kjaer did not wear a captain’s armband, which is intended to promote tolerance and diversity. Even the training shirts with the inscription “Human rights for all” were forbidden by FIFA before they arrived in Qatar. The only expression of protest was an almost monochromatic jersey, on which the logos of the association and the manufacturer can hardly be seen. The Danish outfitter wants to be “unseen” at this World Cup.

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