Tunisia come from behind to deny Panama their first ever World Cup win

Tunisia celebrate their first World Cup win in 40 years Credit: 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.

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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.

Panama's captain Roman Torres set Jose Luis Rodriguez who's shot deflected past Aymen Mathlouthi Credit: AP

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.

Wahbi Khazri hit a low ball across the six yard box which was tapped home by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef Credit: AP

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 came from behind to lead with Wahbi Khazri tucking away a low cross from Oussama Haddadi Credit: AP