African side, Tunisia has made history after getting their first World Cup win in 40 years when they came from behind to beat Panama 2-1 in their Group G closer on Thursday.
The North Americans had already been eliminated before their clash at the Mordovia Arena last tasted victory at the 1978 tournament when they beat Mexico 3-1.
Before their second-half fightback, Panama had looked like sealing a maiden World Cup victory when Jose Luis Rodriguez’s long-range strike was deflected in by Yassine Meriah for an unfortunate own goal after 33 minutes.
Tunisia had been woeful in the opening period, but started the second half strongly and pulled level six minutes after the restart when Fakhreddine Ben Youssef tapped in from close range after a flowing move.
Sunderland forward Wahbi Khazri who scored in the 5-2 defeat to Belgium last time out was Tunisia’s brightest spark throughout and he got the goal he deserved after 66 minutes, slotting home after another impressive team move.