World Cup Group G match report Panama v Tunisia 28 June 2018

Panama face Tunisia on Thursday

Panama face Tunisia on Thursday

Proud Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez reacted angrily to a suggestion his World Cup debutants were the "worst team" in Russian Federation, insisting the 55th-ranked Central Americans had competed valiantly despite big disadvantages.

Tunisia have achieved their target at the World Cup because they arrived in Russian Federation fully aware the best they could hope for was to finish third in their group, coach Nabil Maaloul said after their 2-1 victory over Panama on Thursday.

With both teams not able to find the back of the net minutes after the first goal of the game, Bahrain referee Nawaf Shukralla sounded the whistle to end the first half of the game.

Ben Youssef tapped in to cancel out Panama's opener, with Wahbi Khazri then securing Tunisia's first World Cup win in 40 years.

In Group B Morocco faced the same fate, losing 1-0 to Iran before recording a similar scoreline against Portugal, and a 2-2 draw with Spain in their last match could not save their campaign.

Kazhri was part of the buildup to Fakhreddine Ben Youssef's equaliser 15 minutes earlier.

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

Tunisia's victory was expected, looking more competitive in losses to England and Belgium than Panama, which was competing in its first World Cup. Showing too much concern for running risks against Belgium and England ultimately told the story of their World Cup, and a stale campaign in Russian Federation closed with a similar ending.

He said: "We are last, yes. but the worst team?" We are the youngest team with most difficulties.

The goal came against the run of play.

Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres helped set up the opening goal with a composed, accurate pass from the top of the area back and toward the middle of the field to Rodriguez.

The World Cup match between Panama and Tunisia will be broadcast live on FS1.

Wahbi Kazra (Tunisia) - Panama couldn't deal with the Sunderland forward's movement in the final-third, as he claimed an assist and a goal. The second taste of victory in the cup and first for its players, and it's something they will never forget.

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