Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ben Youssef follows Rensenbrink, Caniggia into World Cup record books

Ben Youssef follows Rensenbrink, Caniggia into World Cup record books

Panama took the lead in the 33rd minute of the meeting through an own goal credited to Yassine Meriah after Jose Luis Rodriguez's shot failed to hit the target.

Panama are ahead with just their second World Cup goal.

In the second half, however, he was forced out of the game with an apparent left leg injury after getting tangled up with Khazri as the two pursued the ball near the Panama penalty area.

Subs used: Badri (6), Khalil (5), Srarfi (n/a). However, Tunisia did not win a game in any of those tournaments. The Sunderland forward had two efforts in quick succession in the first minute of two added on, but both were blocked by Roman Torres.

Tunisia lost first-choice goalkeeper Mouez Hassen after just 16 minutes of their first game against England when he injured his shoulder in a collision with Jesse Lingard. Sunderland man Khazri worked a good crossing position before delivering a flawless ball into the stride of the onrushing Ben Yousef who had a simple task in powering the ball past the 'keeper. The latter powered towards goal but was pulled back by Harold Cummings, allowing the loose ball to fall at the feet of Ben Youssef but his attempted strike was saved well by Penedo.

And the comeback was complete in the 66th minute when Khazri grabbed his second goal of the World Cup after being picked out at the back post by full-back Oussama Haadadi.

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However, they needed to play for pride and ensure they pick at least a point in this year's edition before heading back home.

The African side - who along with Panama had already been eliminated before their clash at the Mordovia Arena - last tasted victory at the 1978 tournament when they beat Mexico 3-1.

The North African side ensured they won't leave Russian Federation 2018 empty-handed but they were forced to overcome a Panama side who came close to recording their first ever World Cup win.

The goal came against the run of play.

Panama were given hope for a maiden win at the World Cup through Yassine Meriah's own goal but were second best for long spells. He has shown what he can do at this World Cup, and now needs to translate this form into his club career.

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