Tunisia ends World Cup adventure by beating Panama 2-1


The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia may have been eliminated days ago, but they ended a jinx of 40 years – win a match.

Indeed the North Africans came from a goal down to beat first-timers Panama 2-1 Thursday night.

In a match that was in reality a dead rubber – Belgium and England had made it out to the second round – Panama dominated proceedings but found the Tunisian rear guard difficult to breach.

That resistance did not last long however, as Panama took the lead when José Luis Rodríquez’s shot deflected off Yassine Meriah and wrong-footed keeper Aymen Mathlouthi on 33 minutes.

The Tunisians became adventorous in the second half and Sunderland striker Wahbi Khazri set up Fakhreddine Ben Youssef for the equalizer in the 51st minute.

Khazri made it 2-1 on 66 minutes scored from close range to give the Carthage Eagles their first win since the 1978 finals held in Argentina.

Ironically that win was against another team from the CONCACAF region – Mexico.

The victory ensured Tunisia finished third in the group, while Panama ended bottom.