Arab watch: How Morocco and Tunisia fared in their World Cup warm-up matches

Sport360 staff 00:56 10/06/2018
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Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia will represent the Arab nations at the World Cup this summer.

With less than one week to go until football’s greatest showpiece gets underway, the Arab nations will be stepping up their preparations with warm-up games before departing for Russia.

With Tunisia and Morocco in action in Saturday’s friendlies, we take a look at how the respective nations fared.

SPAIN 1-0 TUNISIA

Tunisia suffered a late 1-0 defeat to Spain in their final World Cup warm-up match in Krasnodar, Russia.

Nabil Maaloul’s side looked set to prepare for the tournament with an impressive draw, only for Celta Vigo striker Aspas to come off the bench and strike with five minutes remaining.

Tunisia had the first decent effort of the game as Ferjani Sassi’s strike was saved by David De Gea, before Naim Sliti fired over when well-placed.

The Eagles will take positives from their defeat as they start their World Cup campaign against England on June 18, before going on to play Belgium and Panama.

ESTONIA 1-3 MOROCCO

The North African side finished their World Cup preparations with a comfortable win over Estonia in Tallinn.

It was their third positive result from their warm-up matches, having already beaten Slovakia and drawing with Ukraine.

They took the lead within 11 minutes through Galatasary’s Younes Belhanda.

The Lions went 2-0 up seven minutes before half-time after Ajax star man Hakim Ziyech converted a penalty.

Midway through the second-half, Morocco added a third, with Malaga’s Youssef En-Nesyri netting from close range.

Estonia, however, pulled a consolation goal back four minutes later as Ats Purje’s shot beat goalkeeper Mohamedi.

Morocco will begin their World Cup against Iran on June 15, before they take on group favourites Spain and Portugal.

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