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Late Goal Hands Belgium Win over Tunisia

A 90th minute goal from Dries Mertens handed Belgium a slender 1-0 win over Tunisia in an international friendly at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels on Saturday.

Belgium started the brighter of the two teams when Vincent Kompany let fly from roughly 20-yards out, but his shot sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

Tunisia were not going to sit back and had their first attempt on goal in the fifth minute when a thunderous 30-yard shot from Aymen Abdennour went inches wide of the post.

A minute later Hamza Mathlouthi found himself in space on the edge of the box, but his low shot was well-saved by the Belgium keeper.

Marouane Fellaini made himself a nuisance for the Tunisian defence in the 20th minute when he met a cross from Toby Alderweireld, but his header was well-saved.

Belgium controlled the remainder of the half and came close again in the 41st minute when Eden Hazard played Kevin Mirallas through on goal, but his shot from an acute angle on the left struck the side-netting.

The half ended 0-0.

Tunisia started the second half positively and had the their first attempt of the half in the 55th minute, but Hamza Mathlouthi’s shot from 22-yards out sailed wide of the target.

In the 63rd minute Tunisia suffered a set-back when they were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card for Issam Jemaa.

Tunisia did not let up, however, and ten minutes later Syam Ben Youssef met a cross from Yassin Mikari, but his 12-yard header went just over the crossbar.

Belgium’s first decent chance of the half only came in the 79th minute when Jan Vertonghen fired a shot from the edge of the box inches wide.

Belgium then stole victory in the 90th minute when Dries Mertens turned home a Nacer Chadli pass from 12-yards out, 1-0.

Elsewhere on the globe in international friendlies, Hungary thumped Kazakhstan by three goals to nil while Argentina easily disposed of Slovenia.

A brace from Roland Varga and an own goal from Konstantin Engel handed Hungary the 3-0 win over Kazakhstan at the Puskas Ferenc Stadion in Budapest.

Goals in each half from Ricardo Alvarez and Lionel Messi saw Argentina to a 2-0 win over Slovenia at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires.

Cameroon beat Moldovia 1-0 in Yaounde, Edgard Salli scoring the only goal of the game on the half hour mark.


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