‘There was nothing’ – Denmark ‘won’t frighten’ World Cup rivals as Christian Eriksen and co fail to impress against Tunisia in Qatar 2022 opener

    talkSPORT pundit Dean Ashton insists he wouldn’t be ‘frightened’ of facing Denmark after their stalemate with Tunisia.

    The European nation started their World Cup campaign on Tuesday afternoon with a dour 0-0 draw in Qatar.

    It was a disappointing afternoon for Denmark who fell short in their Group C opener

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    It was a disappointing afternoon for Denmark who fell short in their Group C opener

    The Danes were expected to secure an easy win against Tunisia but fell short

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    The Danes were expected to secure an easy win against Tunisia but fell short

    Despite being the clear favourite to get three points, Christian Eriksen and co struggled to break down a resilient Tunisia side who battled and scrapped their way to a deserved point in Group C.

    While Denmark will have hopes of progressing to the knockout rounds, Ashton, who was on co-commentary duty for talkSPORT, says that he wasn’t too impressed with what he saw from the Group C favourites.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, the ex-Premier League striker said: “Do you know what? Tunisia took what they’d seen from this stadium; the energy, the support and they basically transferred that to the pitch.

    “The effort, the application, the organisation from this Tunisian side at least deserved a draw against a Denmark side who are fancied in this tournament to go very, very deep, but they just didn’t have an answer to that energy that Tunisia brought today.”

    Ashton added: “The main disappointment was the start of the second half. You’ve gone through a half where it’s been difficult and you’ve faced immense pressure with the support, but you’re experienced players and you’ve played in difficult atmospheres.

    Denmark will now need good results against Mexico and Poland

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    Denmark will now need good results against Mexico and Poland

    Hjulmand will have lots to ponder ahead of their next fixture at the weekend

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    Hjulmand will have lots to ponder ahead of their next fixture at the weekend

    “At half-time I thought they were going to come out a different side to match them physically and start to dominate, but they just didn’t. There was nothing there.

    “The changes didn’t do a lot to that side.

    “If I was watching as another team in the tournament, I wouldn’t be too frightened of Denmark.

    “They really lacked that forward player with a bit of magic, that bit of high-level top quality finishing or creativity and that’s what they lacked against a well-organised team.”

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