Who is Tunisia’s first-choice penalty taker?

Wahbi Khazri taking a penalty for Tunisia
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Scoring a penalty is much harder than it seems, as the Tunisia (opens in new tab) squad know all too well from their experiences at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

The 2004 winners managed to reach the quarter-finals, before being knocked out by Burkina Faso, but lost two of their three group games.

They missed a penalty in each of them to complete an unwanted hat-trick, with Wahbi Khazri, Youssef Msakni and Seifeddine Jaziri the players responsible.

In Tunisia’s opening game against Mali (opens in new tab), they were given the perfect chance to equalise late on after Moussa Djenepo was punished for handball with the help of VAR.

Khazri’s effort was well saved by Ibrahim Mounkoro but the drama didn’t end there as substitute El Bilal Toure was sent off and the referee inexplicably blew for full time before 90 minutes were up.

Tunisia managed to recover from that sense of injustice to beat Mauritania 4-0, but Msakni still failed to put away a late penalty.

A much-changed team should have gone in front against Gambia at the end of the first half, but Jaziri became the third Tunisian player to miss from the spot.

They were made to pay deep into injury time when Ablie Jallow thundered the ball into the cop corner to claim victory.

At the end of an underwhelming campaign, Mondher Kebaier was replaced as manager by his former assistant Jalel Kadri.

Tunisia have only been awarded one penalty during his spell in charge, which was successfully converted by Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane, but Khazri should resume responsibility at the World Cup.

The former Sunderland (opens in new tab) man has spent the majority of his career in France and joined Montpellier when his contract at Saint-Etienne expired this summer.

Khazri has 24 goals in 71 games at international level, including two at the last World Cup, one apiece against Belgium (opens in new tab) and Panama (opens in new tab).

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