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Khazri strike ends Tunisia’s 40-year World Cup match victory drought

Saransk, June 29: Wahbi Khazri struck a second-half winner as Tunisia secured their first win in FIFA World Cup after 40 years by overcoming debutants Panama 2-1 in a Group G clash here on Thursday.

Yassine Meriah gifted Panama the lead by turning the ball into his own net before Fakhreddine Ben Youssef equalized just after halftime. Khazri completed the turnaround just after the hour mark with his second goal of the tournament, reports Xinhua news agency.

The North African side’s last victory in football’s flagship event was a 3-1 defeat of Mexico in Argentina in 1978.

The result had no bearing on the final Group G standings as both teams were already eliminated from the competition. IANS