Nottingham Forest defender Mohamed Drager made his first start in the World Cup yesterday, playing all 90 minutes as Tunisia drew with Denmark.

The result was a good one for the African nation as they held the European Championship semi-finalists with a battling display.

Tunisia did survive a VAR scare late in the piece, with the referee checking the monitor for a handball but deciding to stick with his original decision.

Drager huffed and puffed during the contest and the point was the absolute least that Tunisia deserved for their efforts.

Drager World Cup
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The 26-year-old actually did some really good stuff throughout the clash and even flashed an effort just wide of the post.

Some statistics from Who Scored do perhaps showcase the good and the bad of Drager’s most recent Tunisia performance.

With four unsuccessful touches, he was the most wasteful player in the Tunisia team.

His passing statistics were great either. With 65% accuracy, he was the second least successful player on his team, although he was trying to make stuff happen.

Drager did make two tackles and complete one clearance so some aspects of his performance did at least deserve praise.

Overall, Tunisia can take heart from this point against Denmark but a tougher test is on the horizon.

They will face Australia on Saturday before playing France in their final group game against France next Wednesday.

Drager looks like the man in possession of the shirt now and he will take heart from that show of faith.

More to come from Forest owned Drager

The Reds defender can look back with fondness on keeping a clean sheet in his first World Cup match.

Going forward, the Forest-owned player perhaps needs to concentrate a little more to cut out some of the errors.

Denmark v Tunisia: Group D - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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His four unsuccessful touches won’t have delighted him but his presence going forward in the final third was pleasing.

Drager will be out of contract at Forest in the summer and it’s unlikely he will make an appearance for the club.

As a result, the defender will be hoping to get himself in the shop window during the World Cup.

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