Tunisia's man of the match against Denmark explains why he celebrated his crunching tackle on Christian Eriksen
Tunisia’s man of the match against Denmark Aissa Laidouni has explained why he celebrated his crunching tackle on Christian Eriksen.
In the early stages of this afternoon’s Group D clash, The Eagles of Carthage’s number 14 launched himself into a challenge with Manchester United’s number 14.
Laidouni celebrated like he had won the World Cup, and Eriksen, who very rarely shows any emotion or gets animated on a football pitch, had a wry smile on his face following the big hit.
Luckily Denmark’s number ten wasn’t seriously injured, and while seeing the passion Laidouni displayed is something we don’t ever want to take away from the beautiful game, his tackle was dangerous and out of control.
Laidouni was in inspired form for the Tunisians and arguably produced the performance of his life to thwart Eriksen’s Denmark.
Tunisia’s man of the match against Denmark explains why he celebrated his crunching tackle on Christian Eriksen
Laidouni was asked about his reaction to the tackle on the 30-year-old following the goalless draw.
Speaking via Tipsbladet, Laidouni said: “It’s important to show confidence from the start. It’s certainly important to me personally. But I have nothing against Christian Eriksen. He is a top player, everyone knows that, and I wish him and the Danish national team all the best.”
According to Tipsbladet, former top referee Jonas Eriksson called it “a stupid tackle” that could have potentially put Eriksen’s career in jeopardy.
But the 25-year-old, who plays for Ferencvaros in Hungary, stressed that he didn’t set out to hurt the Scandinavian playmaker who was making his first international tournament appearance after suffering a cardiac arrest at last summer’s European Championships.
Laidouni added: “I’m not out to hurt anyone. I am sorry if that has been perceived as such. If Christian feels that way, I want to apologize. I wish him the best.”
Despite creating five chances against the Tunisians, which is the most in a World Cup game so far in Qatar, Eriksen couldn’t inspire his nation to victory.
Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri came off the bench in the 80th minute to make his World Cup debut.