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

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta completed the full 90 minutes but lost the ball 23 times, the most of any player on the pitch

Substitute Iago Aspas' late goal gave Spain a narrow win over a resolute Tunisia in their final World Cup warm-up in Krasnodar.

A strong Spanish line-up had struggled to break down their opponents until Celta Vigo forward Aspas struck with six minutes left.

Tunisia, England's first opponents in Russia, went close to scoring before the break when Naim Sliti missed from close range.

Spain are now unbeaten in 20 matches.

The 2010 World Cup winners did not manage a shot on target until substitute Diego Costa's effort went straight at Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi in the 65th minutes.

The Tunisians sat deep to frustrate Julen Lopetegui's side for much of the match, but looked threatening with some rapid counter-attacks and should have gone ahead when Sliti volleyed over from inside the six-yard box.

It took two of Lopetegui's replacements to make the breakthrough.

Former Chelsea striker Costa, having been forced away from goal after going past the keeper, passed to former Liverpool striker Aspas, who shot under Mathlouthi.

Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal at 19:00 BST on Friday in Sochi, while Tunisia face England in Volgograd at 19:00 BST on Monday, 18 June.

Line-ups

Tunisia

  • 16Mathlouthi
  • 11Bronn
  • 2S Ben Youssef
  • 4Meriah
  • 12MaâloulSubstituted forHaddadiat 58'minutes
  • 8F Ben YoussefSubstituted forSrarfiat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7KhaouiSubstituted forBen Amorat 62'minutes
  • 17Skhiri
  • 13SassiBooked at 90mins
  • 9BadriSubstituted forBenalouaneat 78'minutes
  • 23SlitiSubstituted forKhalifaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 3Benalouane
  • 5Haddadi
  • 6Bedoui
  • 10Khazri
  • 14Ben Amor
  • 15Khalil
  • 18Srarfi
  • 19Khalifa
  • 20Chaalali
  • 21Nagguez
  • 22Hassen

Spain

  • 1De Gea
  • 12OdriozolaSubstituted forNachoat 45'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Ramos
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forIago Aspasat 76'minutes
  • 10Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forKokeat 45'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forAsensioat 60'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forVázquezat 45'minutes
  • 6Iniesta
  • 9RodrigoSubstituted forDiego Costaat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nacho
  • 7Saúl
  • 8Koke
  • 11Vázquez
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 14Azpilicueta
  • 16Monreal
  • 17Iago Aspas
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 20Asensio
  • 23Reina
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis
Attendance:
33,116

Match Stats

Home TeamTunisiaAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Tunisia 0, Spain 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tunisia 0, Spain 1.

Booking

Bassem Srarfi (Tunisia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas Vázquez (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bassem Srarfi (Tunisia).

Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Spain) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Bassem Srarfi replaces Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

Booking

Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas Vázquez (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia).

Offside, Spain. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Marco Asensio is caught offside.

Offside, Tunisia. Oussama Haddadi tries a through ball, but Fakhreddine Ben Youssef is caught offside.

Foul by Nacho (Spain).

Saber Khalifa (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Tunisia 0, Spain 1. Iago Aspas (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Offside, Tunisia. Mohamed Ben Amor tries a through ball, but Saber Khalifa is caught offside.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Spain).

Ellyes Skhiri (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Ben Amor (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Yohan Benalouane replaces Anice Badri.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Yassine Meriah.

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Tunisia).

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Iago Aspas replaces Jordi Alba.

Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Oussama Haddadi.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Spain).

Anice Badri (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordi Alba (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dylan Bronn (Tunisia).

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Saber Khalifa replaces Naim Sliti.

Offside, Spain. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Gerard Piqué is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Sergio Ramos (Spain) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Koke with a cross.

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dylan Bronn (Tunisia).

Attempt saved. Mohamed Ben Amor (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia).

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Mohamed Ben Amor replaces Saif-Eddine Khaoui.

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