Portugal held by Tunisia in World Cup warm-up match
Portugal was without Cristiano Ronaldo, who still hasn’t reported to the squad because he played in the Champions League final with Real Madrid on Saturday.
Andre Silva opened the scoring with a header in the 23rd minute and Joao Mario added to the lead with a powerful shot from outside the area in the 34th. But Tunisia rallied with a goal by Anice Badri before halftime and another by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef midway through the second half.
”We are just beginning our World Cup preparations,” Joao Mario said. ”We will keep working to fix our mistakes and arrive at the World Cup in the best possible form.”
In addition to Ronaldo, Portugal also was without three Sporting Lisbon players who played in the Portuguese Cup final – Rui Patricio, Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins.
Portugal heads to the World Cup trying to add to its European title from two years ago in France. Coach Fernando Santos is taking 13 players to Russia who helped the team win its first major title at Euro 2016.
Tunisia’s other warm-up matches will be against Turkey and Spain.
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