Preview - Panama vs Tunisia 29 June 18

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World Cup Group G
Panama vs Tunisia
Friday, June 29th, 2018
03:00am, (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Mordovia Arena

Panama:
Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match last ten: 0.90
Average goals against per match last ten: 2.00
Top Scorer: Blas PĂ©rez and Luis Tejada (43)

Tunisia:
Last five matches form: D D L L L
Average goals per match last ten: 1.50
Average goals against per match last ten: 1.50
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (13)

 
The battle for the wooden spoon in Group G sees the pointless pairing of Panama and Tunisia meet for the first time in their history. It has been a tale of woe for these two sides so far, as they have failed to register a point between them. Tunisia arrive on the back of a 5-2 humbling at the hands of Belgium, whilst Panama fared even worse, losing 6-1 to England.

One thing in Panama's favour here is the team spirit within the group. Whereas Tunisia looked a divided and dispirited side at the end of that Belgium game, Panama celebrated with real pride when grabbing their late consolation against England.

Disciplinary issues are catching up with Panama a little. They must do without the suspended duo of Michael Murillo and Armando Cooper here.

For Tunisia it is injuries which are taking their toll. Mouez Hassen, Syam Ben Youssef and Dylan Bronn are all expected to miss out.

With qualification already gone, it wouldn't be the greatest surprise to see both managers give some of their squad players a run out in this one.

Tunisia are the better side on paper, but we just suspect that Panama may want this that bit more and can see them just about edging it. Having grabbed a first ever World Cup goal against England, they may well pick up their first win here.



Prediction: Panama 2 - 1 Tunisia


Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 9 - 13
Shots on target: 5 - 8
Corner Kicks: 0 - 6
Possession: 31% - 69%

Ricardo Avilla, Gabriel Gomez and Luis Tejada were booked for Panama, with Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi, Ance Badri and Ghilane Chaalali also having their names taken by referee Nawaf Shukralla.

A game of two halves this one with Tunisia successfully managing to turn around a deficit at the break. This was better from Panama - certainly compared to their last match against England - but in the end Tunisia did just about deserve it having had the lions share of both possession and chances.

It was Panama who took the lead in the 33rd minute. Jose Luis Rodriguez's shot from outside the box looked to be just off target, but a wicked deflection off Yassine Meriah soon changed that. With the keeper now completely wrongfooted in it went to the delight of Panama players and fans.

Having gone very close to equaliser when heading narrowly wide at the end of the first half, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef did get himself on the scoresheet in the 51st minute. Good work by Wahbi Khazri in the right hand side of the box, beating his man before firing in a low cross that Ben Youssef merely had to tap in from close range.

Having claimed an assist on the opener, it was Khazri himself who grabbed the winner in the 66th minute. Very similar to their equaliser this one. Oussama Haddadi this time working in from the left-hand side of the area to put the ball on a plate for Khazri to tap in from close range. 1-2 final score.

Only pride to play for in this one but it is Tunisia who pick up the three points to avoid picking up the wooden spoon. Three games and three defeats mean Panama's World Cup adventure is over. Judging by their fans though they have certainly enjoyed it.



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