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Spain needed late goal to beat buoyant Tunisia Carthage Eagles in World Cup warm-up

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Spain  needed substitute Iago Aspas to score a late goal to beat buoyant  Tunisia  1-0 in their final warmup for the World Cup on Saturday.

Sergio Busquets finally undid Tunisia’s defense with a long pass, and Diego Costa set up Aspas to rifle in a low strike.

Spain remained undefeated through 20 matches under coach Julen Lopetegui.

Tunisia, which opens against England  in nine days, frustrated the 2010 world champion with disciplined defending until Busquets spotted Costa’s run behind the backline.

Aspas, who was Spain’s sixth and final substitution in the 76th, scored the winner with six minutes remaining.Alvaro Odriozola, who started for Spain at right back for the injured Dani Carvajal, misjudged a pass by Thiago Alcantara in the 13th minute to gift Tunisia its best opportunity. Ferjani Sassi , however, shot weakly into the arms of David de Gea.

Tunisia Carthage Eagles  went close again after attacking again down Odriozola’s side after robbing the ball from Busquets, only for Naim Sliti to fail to make contact with a cross with only de Gea to beat.

Lopetegui made three changes at halftime, sending on Jorge ”Koke” Resurreccion and Lucas Vazquez for Thiago and Francisco ”Isco” Alarcon, and Nacho Fernandez for Odriozola.

Moments after Silva volleyed a shot from a tight angle past the post, the midfielder was replaced by Marco Asensio, while Costa substituted Rodrigo Moreno with half an hour remaining.

 

About Collins Okinyo

Appointed by CAF President Dr.Ahmad as CAF Media Expert. An expert on African football with over 13 years experience ,always with an ear to the ground with indepth knowledge of the game. I have worked for top publications including 7 years at www.supersport.com until i founded www.soka25east.com to quench the thirst of football lovers across the continent. I have trained young upcoming journalists who are now a voice in African football.I have covered World Cup,AFCON,CHAN,Champions League,Confederations Cup,Cecafa,Cosafa,Wafu and many other football tournaments across the World. Founder Football Africa Arena(FAA),Founder www.afrisportdigital.com

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