June 14, 2006
Saudi Arabia 2, Tunisia 2: Most exciting match of the tourney so far, and it turns out to be the least anticipated. The Saudis came from behind in the second half to take the lead from their North African foes, sparked by an 84th minute goal by Sami el Jabar, who also scored goals in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Just when they seemed to be running out the clock, Tunisia took advantage of a monumental defensive blunder in the third minute of injury time, with an unmarked Jaidi pulling the game even. The real winner, though, was Ukraine, which now can set aside today's debacle with minimal fear that goal differential will prove pivotal.