Tunisia World Cup: How the group G teams fared

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Here's a guide on how Tunisia and their World Cup opponents fared during their recent international friendlies

Tunisia 1 v 0 Iran

Tunisia’ s 1-0 home victory against Iran on Saturday, has given hope to fans and the technical bench ahead of this summer's 2018 Fifa World Cup tournament in Russia.

Wahbi Khazri proved the talisman for the home side and it was his dribbling run that led to the 71st minute winner. 

Khazri’s shot was parried by Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand  into the path of the defender Milad Mohammadi, who could only turn the ball into his own net.

Tunisia who share the same World Cup group with Belgium, England and Panama, might have had a second goal following Khazri’s powerful close range effort, but it was well saved.

Following their victory, Tunisia will travel to France where they will play another friendly game with Costa Rica on March 27.

Nabil Maaloul Tunisia


Netherland 0 v England 1

Tunisia will open their World Cup campaign with England on June 18. This will be the second World Cup meeting between the two countries after the Carthage Eagles lost the first 2-0 to the Three Lions at France '98.

In the friendly match with Netherlands on March 23, England proved that they will be one of the toughest opponents to face.

Jesse Lingard scored his first international goal to fire the Three Lions to a 1-0 friendly victory against the Netherlands. It was the first win for the Three Lions in Amsterdam since 1996.

The Manchester United man’s low shot from the edge of the area just after the hour mark secured a win for Gareth Southgate's squad. 

Southgate’s men will be in action again in another friendly match against Italy on March 27. 

EMBED ONLY Jesse Lingard England

Belgium v Saudi Arabia

Tunisia will face Belgium in the World Cup on June 23.

However, Belgium only play one friendly game this week and that is against Saudi Arabia. The game will be held in Belgium on March 27.

 

Denmark 1 v 0 Panama

The last match in the group stage for Tunisia will be against Panama on June 28. 

Panama seem to be the underdogs in Group G, and were defeated 1-0 by Denmark in a friendly game on March 22.

A second half Pione Sisto strike gave Denmark a narrow victory over Panama who were reduced to 10 man in the last 20 minutes.

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Manager Hernán Darío Gómez may have described his team as 'the new kids on the block', but this was a dogged performance against an experienced Danish team.

Following that defeat, Panama will continue with their preparations and next time around they will be in action against Switzerland on March 27.

Christian Eriksen, Denmark

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