Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Khazri lifts Tunisia over Panama to end World Cup drought

Khazri lifts Tunisia over Panama to end World Cup drought

But the Al-Shabab stopper picked up a problem during that game and will not be available against Panama, leaving Tunisia with only their third-choice, Aymen Mathlouthi, standing for Thursday's game.

In the end, the Africans were never really threatened in the remaining stages of the half as they end the tournament with their first points in Russian Federation, although they are still eliminated after finishing third in Group G, above rock-bottom Panama, who end without a point.

While both teams have already advanced to the round of 16, the victor of Thursday's game will have an easier route in the knockout stage.

Fakhreddine Ben Youssef turned in Khazri's ideal cross in the 51st minute to cancel out a first-half own goal by defender Yassine Meriah.

Tunisia became the first African country to win a game at a World Cup when they beat Mexico in Argentina in 1978, but had since drawn four matches and lost nine before Thursday's victory.

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Making their fifth World Cup appearance, "the Eagles of Carthage" were drawn with European powerhouses Belgium and England, as well as debutants Panama, in Group G.

"Perhaps in the second match, we should have been better". "Our performance against England was very good, we were level with them technically".

"We should have been more defensive against Belgium".

Tunisia joined Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Egypt in failing to break out of the group stage while Panama fly home as one of only two nations to lose all three games and with the most goals conceded.

That job has gone to Al-Ettifaq winger Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, who started on the right of the Tunisia attack in both their previous group games. "This is a great day for Tunisia", said man of the match Ben Yousseff.

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