June 26, 2018 / 3:00 PM / 3 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Panama v Tunisia

    SARANSK, Russia, June 26 (Reuters) - Panama play Tunisia in
their final World Cup Group G match in Saransk on Thursday, with
both teams already unable to reach the knockout phase. 
    
    Where: Mordovia Arena
    
    Capacity: Capacity: 41,685   
    
    When: Thursday, June 28, 2100 local (1800 GMT/1400 ET) 
    
    Referee: To be announced
    
    Key stats:
    
    * Panama and Tunisia both lost their first two matches in
Group G and are contesting third place before they head home.
    * Panama have conceded nine goals in Russia and Tunisia
seven. Panama's 6-1 defeat by England and Tunisia's 5-2 to loss
to Belgium were the highest-scoring games of the tournament.
    * This is Panama's first appearance in the World Cup finals.
    * Felipe Baloy's 78th minute goal for Panama against England
was their first World Cup goal ever.
    * The 37-year-old Baloy was also the fourth-oldest player to
score in the World Cup after Cameroon's Roger Milla aged 42 in
1994, Sweden's Gunnar Gren aged 37 and 236 days in 1958, and
Mexico's Cuauhtemoc Blanco aged 37 and 151 days in 2010.
    * Tunisia are making their fifth appearance in the World
Cup. They have failed to make it out of the group stage each
time.
    * Tunisia were the first African country to win a World Cup
finals game, beating Mexico in Argentina in 1978. Since then
they have drawn seven and lost six.
    * Panama's coach Hernan Dario is nicknamed El Bolillo (The
Truncheon). He has previous experience at the finals, having
coached his native Colombia in 1998 and Ecuador in 2002.
    * Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul won 74 international caps for
Tunisia as a midfielder between 1985 and 1995, scoring 11 goals.
    * Panama, nicknamed the "Los Canaleros" (The Canalmen) after
the ocean-linking Panama Canal, are ranked 55th in FIFA's world
ratings. Tunisia, known as "the Eagles of Carthage" are ranked
21st.
    
    Previous meetings: This will be the first time the two sides
have played each other.
       
    GROUP G STANDINGS   
                   MP   W    D    L   GF  GA  +/-  PTS
 ENGLAND           2    2    0    0   8   2   +6   6
 BELGIUM           2    2    0    0   8   2   +6   6
 TUNISIA           2    0    0    2   3   7   -4   0
 PANAMA            2    0    0    2   1   9   -8   0
    

 (Reporting by Angus MacSwan; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
  
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