Panama and Tunisia faced each other in their final World Cup match before going home but both sides wanted to take 3 points with them.
After losing to England and Belgium, Tunisia came close in the 19th minute when Wahbi Khazri’s cross into the box allowed Rami Bedoui to header the ball towards the goal to force the Panama’s goalkeeper, Jaime Penedo, to do an awkward catch.
Panama led in the 33rd minute with a Tunisian own goal after Jose Luis Rodriguez’s shot from outside the box was deflected by Yassine Meriah.
Tunisia did not falter with a close chance in the 39th minute when Fakhreddine Ben Youssef’s header almost went into the goal assisted by Oussama Haddadi.
Tunisia equalised in the 51st minute after a great team play starting with Naim Sliti with a nice turn then passed to the wing for Khazri to put a low cross into the box for Ben Youssef to score at close range.
Khazri led a counter attack in the 53rd minute but was fouled outside the box.
The referee allowed the game to continue after Ben Youssef took control of the ball and his shot was brilliantly saved by the Panama goalkeeper.
Tunisia took the lead in the 66th minute after Haddadadi crossed the ball to Khazri to score.
Panama scored a disallowed goal in the 72nd minute after Luis Tejada fouled Meriah before Edgar Barcenas shot went into the goal.
The game ended with Tunisia coming back from a goal down to prevent Panama to gain a single point from the World Cup.
Panama’s debut World Cup ended with no points, but the Panama team and fans did not care with every goal celebrated as if they scored the winner.
Tunisia showed promise in their campaign, but they needed to finish off their chances.
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