Spain get away with the win thanks to the late goal from Aspas, but they were far from impressive. Tunisia will take many positives from this performance. They were perhaps the better team in the first half, but in the end the superior quality of Spain shone through. Off to the World Cup they both go.
- 2nd Half
- Ben YoussefSrarfi90'
- KhaouiBen Amor62'
- 1/2 Time
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Spain 1-0 Tunisia
- OffFakhreddine Ben YoussefTunisia
- OnBassem SrarfiTunisia
One final change (what's the point this late in the game?) and it's a Tunisian one.
- Yellow cardFerjani SassiTunisia
First yellow card of the match is shown in stoppage time for a studs up tackle on Vazquez.
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Spain haven't been at their best tonight, but Lopetegui will have taken something from the game. Aspas' goal will have given him something to think about. Asensio has impressed.
Aspas' finish was a good one and Costa had the presence of mind to turn back and set up his teammate, but the pass over the top for the latter from Busquets also should be highlighted.
That's a tough blow for Tunisia. They have played so well, they have had chances of their own, but in the end the quality of Spain has told. Still many positives for Tunisia to take.
That goal from Aspas means that Spain have now scored in all 20 of the games they have played under Lopetegui. That's actually a record for a Spanish national team manager.
Aspas looked delighted with that goal. He wasn't happy with being hooked at half time of the last friendly match against Switzerland. That goal won't harm his stake for a starting place.
- GoalIago AspasSpain
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Tunisia 0 Spain 1 (83 mins - Iago Aspas). The deadlock has finally been broken! A long ball forward to Costa caused mayhem in the box, he cut it back to Aspas who made no mistake in smashing a low finish into the back of the net through the bodies.
Much of the focus after this match will be on Spain's inability to break down Tunisia, but the underdogs deserve huge credit for the way they have played this evening. Gutsy.
Spain are now playing with a back three, with about seven attackers on the field. This will probably be one way traffic for the final minutes of this game. Tunisia will have to defend.
JUST OFF TARGET! Ben Amor wasn't far away from lobbing De Gea from distanc. Busquets feels that he should have been awarded a freekick, but he gave up the ball too easily.
- OffAnice BadriTunisia
- OnYohan BenalouaneTunisia
Tunisia make another change, with the former Leicester City man coming on.
IMPORTANT HEADER! Koke swung an excellent cross into the box, looking for Pique who was set to score. But a Tunisian defender got his head to it first to make the clearance.
Of course, many English football fans will remember Aspas from his time at Liverpool, where he was a bit of a flop. Since signing for Celta Vigo, though, he has been fantastic.
- OffJordi AlbaSpain
- OnIago AspasSpain
Spain are going for the win now, with Aspas coming on for Alba.
That's a waste from Asensio. The ball sat up for the Real Madrid man right on the edge of the box following a corner kick, but he completely skies his effort high into the Russian sky.
It now looks like Aspas has been told to warm up by Lopetegui. Might we be about to see the Celta Vigo striker in the final 15 minutes or so of this match? Can he provide a cutting edge?
Much has been made of Spain's struggle to find a top class centre forward to lead the line for this World Cup, but they might argue that they won the Euros in 2012 without a world class striker.
Asensio has added a bit more drive and thrust to Spain's attacking play. The trio of Iniesta, Isco and Silva just didn't work in the first half. Might Asensio be the solution to that problem?
The problem with England all those years ago was that their squad was split into club loyalties. Might that be an issue for Spain this summer? I mean, just look at Pique and Ramos.
- OffNaïm SlitiTunisia
- OnSaber KhlifaTunisia
Sliti comes off for Tunisia. He has worked hard for his team. Well played.
There's just been a real lack of quality from Spain in the final third of the pitch, which is unusual to see from them. Tunisia have had a fairly easy job of defending against them.
One wonders if Koke might actually start over Thiago against Portugal when Spain get their World Cup campaign under way in a week's time. He offers a bit more security.
Iniesta wasn't too pleased with that tackle from Ben Amor. The two players seemed to clash knees. The Spain playmaker is fine, but he is having a word to the referee about it.
COSTA WITH THE SHOT! Tunisia just about shot themselves in the foot, there. They gave it away inside their own area, with the ball breaking to Costa. But his shot was easy to save.
- OffSaîf-Eddine KhaouiTunisia
- OnMohamed Amin Ben AmorTunisia
A change for Tunisia as well, with Ben Amor coming on for the final 30 minutes or so.
- OffDavid SilvaSpain
- OnMarco AsensioSpain
Asensio comes on to replace Silva, who is a popular figure with the Russian crowd.
- OnDiego CostaSpain
Here he comes and Costa comes on for Rodrigo, who didn't have much to work with tonight.
Looks like we might be about to see Costa come on for Spain here. The Atletico Madrid forward will get the chance to show that he deserves to start against Portugal next week.
SILVA SHOOTS WIDE! That's maybe the closest we have come to a Spain goal so far. Silva met a shot at the back post on the first time half volley, but sends his shot across goal.
NICE PLAY! Silva was close to being clean through on goal there. The Manchester City man played a nice one-two with Iniesta inside the box, but the last gasp interception was made.
- OffAli MaâloulTunisia
- OnOussama HaddadiTunisia
Here comes a change for Tunisia and Haddadi comes on for the final 35 minutes.
One wonders when we will see one of either, or both, Aspas and Costa in this second half. They played as a front two against Switzerland last week, not to great effect.
However, as poor as Spain have been, you get the feeling that they will step things up when they have to at the World Cup. There's just been no intensity to their play so far.
Spain were poor in the first half. They dominated the majority of the possession, but struggled to get things going in the final third. They lack a true number nine. Concerning.
Vazquez should give Spain a bit more drive in the final third in this second half. The Real Madrid winger is adept at getting in behind opposition defences and creating space for others.
- OffÁlvaro OdriozolaSpain
And lastly, Nacho comes on for the youngster Odriozola at right back.
- OnLucas VázquezSpain
Secondly, Vazquez comes on for Spain. He will surely give them some more thrust going forward.
A few changes for Spain at the start of the second half. Firstly, it's Koke who comes on.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! It's still 0-0 between Tunisia and Spain.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Tunisia 0-0 Spain. The North Africans have probably been the better team over the opening 45 minutes. They have certainly created more scoring opportunities.
Surely we'll see some sort of change from Lopetegui at the break. Spain have had plenty of the ball, in that sense they have dominated, but have created little in attack.
Tell you what, if Tunisia play like this against England on June 18 then Gareth Southgate and his players could be in for a surprise. They have been the better team in this first half.
Pique was just in the centre forward position there, trying to lift a ball over the top for Rodrigo to chase. That kinda illustrates where this Spain team is at the moment in attack. Struggling.
The ball just skipped up off the turf! The pass over the top was very nearly a perfect one for Silva, but it bounced up and allowed the Tunisian keeper to come off his line and clear.
Part of the problem for Spain is that they don't have much in the way of variety in their attacking play. Iniesta, Isco, Silva... they're all players of the same mould. Easy to defend against, maybe?
I'm not entirely sure that Spain were expecting this from Tunisia. La Furia Roja haven't really got going yet, while their opponents are the ones creating the goalscoring chances.
That last opportunity for Tunisia demonstrated the way this first half has gone so far. Spain gave up the ball and Tunisia created the best chance. They have looked more dangerous.
ALBA DOWN! This is a concern for the Barcelona and Spain left back. Alba appeared to suffer a knock in the mayhem that led to the chance for Sliti. He's back up on his feet now, though.
WHAT A CHANCE! That should be 1-0 to Tunisia. Sliti should have finished a cross from a matter of yards out, but he didn't get the right connection and sends it wide of the target.
Spain's high press has been lacking somewhat in this first half. That might be down to the fact that this is just a friendly match, though. Tunisia have shown more in terms of effort.
Tunisia have been classier than I think many expected over the opening 30 minutes of this match. They have had to sit deep for large spells, but have out on the counter attack well.
Rodrigo has attempted to get himself involved in the game, he's done a lot of running, but he hasn't yet shown much of a cutting edge. Although he might blame the service for that.
This stadium in Krasnador looks to be rather full, which bodes well for the World Cup itself. There had been some concerns that not all the tickets would be sold for all the games.
Spain were very impressive throughout the qualification campaign, but as we have seen so many times before, qualifying for the tournament and actually doing well in the tournament are very different things.
Spain need Thiago to be an anchoring midfielder alongside Busquets at this summer's World Cup. They need the Bayern Munich man to curb his natural, attacking instinct.
Lopetegui will surely be somewhat concerned that for all the possession that his team have had in this first half, they have yet to create a real goalscoring opportunity.
Interestingly, Ramos is being booed every time he gets on the ball. The Russian crowd aren't big fans of the Real Madrid centre back. Are they all Liverpool fans, perhaps?
Of course, it should be noted that Tunisia face England in their opening game of the World Cup on June 18. Presumably, Gareth Southgate will be watching this match tonight.
RAMOS OVER! Rodrigo's head is wide of the target, so much so that it stays in play. The ball is then played back to Ramos, who lashes a ferocious strike not far over the target.
Iniesta went down there after a challenge with an opposition. There was some concern for the playmaker for a split second, but he gets back to his feet again and all seems to be okay.
The relationship between Pique and Ramos in this Spain team always feels somewhat explosive, like it could blow up at any time such is the friction between the two men off the pitch.
While Spain have undoubtedly dominated the possession in the opening exchanges of this match, Tunisia have shown that they are nippy enough to pounce on any opportunities.
Pique is collecting his 98th cap for Spain this evening. The Barcelona centre back isn't the most popular of figures for the national team, for obvious reasons. This could be his last World Cup.
Of course, the selection of Odriozola in the first place was controversial enough. Roberto has been left at home despite enjoying a very good season for Barcelona. Strange.
Odriozola scored on his full debut for La Furia Roja last week. The young right back is being tested as an alternative to Carvajal, who is still suffering with injury troubles at the moment.
De Gea actually made a rare mistake in the draw against Switzerland last weekend. He fumbled a shot that he should have saved. He'll hope that's out of his system before the World Cup.
CHANCE FOR TUNISIA! A slack pass from Tunisia allows Sassi the chance to shoot at goal from about eight yards out, but his effort was tame and De Gea can make the save.
Spain have started this game as you would expect - in charge of the possession. Tunisia for the most part seem to be quite happy to allow Lopetegui's side to push them back.
The case of Isco is an interesting one for Spain. At club level, the playmaker has struggled to make an impression for Real Madrid of late. For Spain, though, he's a key figure.
Lopetegui also has to find a way to fit Iniesta, Isco and Silva all into the one team. So much quality, but it's about coming up with a system that gets the best out of them.
This was a problem for Spain at the European Championships two years ago and it was also a problem for them at the last World Cup in 2014. They lack a truly world class number nine.
One of the questions Spain must at least start to find an answer to tonight is over the centre forward position. Costa and Aspas played against Switzerland, Rodrigo is favoured here.
RODRIGO TAKEN OUT! That was a cynical challenge from Ben Youssef. In a real game he would have surely have been shown a yellow card for taking out Rodrigo from an Iniesta pass.
This is a last chance for both of these teams to settle on a few things before the start of the World Cup in Russia next week. Lopetegui's Spain are one of the favourites, of course.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Spain against Tunisia.
TEAM NEWS: Tunisia - Mathlouthi, Bronn, Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloui, Skhiri, Sassi, Khaoiu, Badri, Sliti, Ben Youssef. /// Spain - De Gea, Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Thiago, Silva, Isco, Iniesta, Rodrigo.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. How important is it for both these teams to settle their sides ahead of the World Cup? Tweet me!
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