Tunisia edge Croatia in Afcon warm-up

Tunisia secured 2-1 victory over Croatia in an international friendly as they continue preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations.
 
The Vatreni named a strong line-up that had a blend of domestic and overseas based players although Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric was given a rest following their 2-1 victory over Wales in the UEFA European Championship qualifying match this past weekend.
 
The Carthage Eagles came to the game having just recently included nine domestic players to their preliminary squad to add to 21 based abroad,
 
With the locally based players given a chance to impress Alain Giresse before he names his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations, Esperance forward Anice Badri raised his hand as he opened the scoring for the visitors in the 16th minute with a low strike from the centre of the box towards the bottom corner following a brilliant run on the right channel.
 
The encounter opened up in the latter stages of the second stanza and Oussama Haddadi had a glorious opportunity to double the lead for Tunisia on the stroke of halftime but he was denied by shot-stopper Simon Sluga who ensured that the Vatreni go to the break with only a 1-0 deficit.
 
The hosts had a perfect start to the second stanza as Petkovic levelled matters two minutes after the break with a shot towards the bottom corner after a quick attack, 1-1.
 
The Carthage Eagles restored their lead with 20 minutes remaining thanks to a penalty converted by Naim Sliti following a handball inside the box by Vatreni defender Domagoj Vida.
 
The 2018 FIFA World Cup runners-up threw bodies in search of an equaliser in the closing stages, but the North Africans stood firm in defence and clinched a morale-boosting 2-1 win.
 
Tunisia will play their final pre-tournament friendly against Burundi on 17 June after which coach Giresse is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the 2019 AFCON finals.

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