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Latest update : 2010-05-31

A second-half goal from centre-back William Gallas enabled France to salvage a 1-1 draw in their penultimate World Cup warm-up against Tunisia on Sunday, with the French team set to face China on Friday for one last friendly before the tournament.

REUTERS - France needed a second-half goal by William Gallas to salvage a 1-1 draw in Tunisia in their penultimate World Cup warm-up on Sunday.

Centre back Gallas, who had been a doubful starter for the World Cup because of a sore calf muscle, reassured coach Raymond Domenech by heading home a Yoann Gourcuff free kick on 63 minutes to save the former world and European champions from defeat.

Tunisia fought bravely, opening the scoring on five minutes through forward Issam Jemaa, but France, still needing time to adapt to the new, 4-3-3 system they had introduced in a 2-1 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday, improved gradually.

France will now fly to the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion to play China there on Friday in their final warm-up for the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa, where they will face the hosts, Mexico and Uruguay in Group A.

 

Date created : 2010-05-30

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