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Tunisia beat Panama 2-1 to claim first World Cup win for 40 years

Wahbi Khazri is the hero for Tunisia Photo: AP

Tunisia claimed their first win at the World Cup for 40 years as a second-half fightback saw them beat Panama 2-1 in Saransk.

Panama brightened up a drab first half when Jose Luis Rodriquez's 20-yard shot deflected off Yassine Meriah and wrongfooted Aymen Mathlouthi in the Tunisia goal.

It was officially credited as a Meriah own goal, but Tunisia were level within six minutes of the re-start as Fakhreddine Ben Youssef turned home Wahbi Khazri's cross for the 2,500th goal in World Cup finals history.

Sunderland forward Khazri then scored from close range after 66 minutes to secure Tunisia's first victory at a World Cup since beating Mexico in 1978.

Tunisia's deserved celebrations Credit: AP