Spain fail to impress in narrow Tunisia victory

World Cup warm-up match: Spain 1-0 Tunisia

While France needed Kylian Mbappe's late strike to salvage them a 1-1 draw against US, Spain also struck late to edge past Tunisia 1-0.

Celta Vigo forward and Liverpool flop Iago Aspas scored the only goal in the 84th minute.

Didier Deschamps named a strong side as he sought to put the finishing touches to his preparations before travelling to Russian Federation.

The US, which did not qualify for Russian Federation, looked as if it would hold on to its advantage until Kylian Mbappe spared Deschamps's blushes 12 minutes from time.

World Cup warm-up match: Spain 1-0 Tunisia
International Friendly Report: Tunisia v Spain 09 June 2018

Mohamed Ben Amor had Tunisia's best late chance but could not convert before Costa laid on the match-winning goal for Aspas. We had trouble in the first 20 minutes of the second period but in the end we took over.

"You have to hold him back slightly, but I'm sure he'll be ready", the former Porto boss told a news conference ahead of La Roja's final warm-up match against Tunisia on Saturday.

Friday's match against Portugal in Sochi will mark the beginning of the World Cup for the Spanish team, Lopetegui will take charge of his first tournament match in charge of the senior team and he'll be hoping to continue this fine run of form.

Playmaker Christian Eriksen celebrated his return to the Denmark side following the birth of his first child with a goal and an assist for Yussuf Poulsen as his side beat fellow qualifiers Mexico 2-0 in Copenhagen. Tunisia, who have also qualified for Russian Federation, were the better side in the first period, causing the Spain back four numerous problems with their high press and swift counter-attacks. Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic hit a hat-trick and former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic netted a stunning volley in the rout.



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