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FIFA 2018: Tunisia Returns Home With First Victory In 40 Years

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| June 29 , 2018 , 12:34 IST

Tunisia will fly home with their first victory in the World Cup 2018 that came after 40 years. Tunisia slammed Panama with a 2-1 defeat on Thursday.

Both the teams were already eliminated from the tournament and competed for nothing but pride.

The Carthage eagle looked strong in the first half as they created few chances but were not able to convert them into goals. Panama took the lead when Jose Luis Rodriguez's long-range strike was unluckily deflected into the nets by Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah for a goal after 33 minutes.

Tunisia was on the back foot in the first-half came back strong in the second-half. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef made history for scoring the 2500th goal of the tournament, tapping in from close range after a flowing move.

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Eleven minutes later, Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri put his side in front, slotting past Jaime Penedo from close range. The win marked Tunisia’s first victory at the World Cup since Argentina 1978.

Fakhreddine Ben Youssef earned Man of the Match honours for not only his milestone equaliser but his consistent performance in the midfield that prevented a number of Panamanian counter attacks.

Tunisia walked back with pride after a satisfying win in the closing match of group stage matches.