AS IT HAPPENED: Tunisia 2 Panama 1

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Updated 28 June 2018

AS IT HAPPENED: Tunisia 2 Panama 1

10.45PM: FULL-TIME: And there it is! Tunisia seal the win. It might not mean qualifitcation, but it's an historic win for the Eagles of C

10.34PM: Tunisia well in control of this game now, and they'll be targeting that first World Cup win since 1978 in Argentina!

10:24PM: GOAL - TUNISIA - 2-1: Tunisia are in the lead! Khazri scores. Eagles of Carthage on course for a first World Cup win for 40 years! 

10.10PM: GOAL - TUNISIA - 1-1 - Really well worked equalizer. Naim Sliti works the ball to Wahbi Khazri, whose low cross is slotted in from vlose range by Fakhreddine Ben Youssef.

9.45PM: HALF-TIME - Tunisia 0 Panama 1...

9.32PM: GOAL - PANAMA: The minnows take the lead, and they're on course for their first win in the World Cup... Tunisia with everything to do...

9.20PM: Both teams having a good sight of the ball, but it's Tunisia making more of it. They're the ones creating the fancy they'll be the first to score in this game...

9.09PM: Half-chance for Tunisia - Naim Sliti goes past Adolfo Machado down the left and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef has a chance - but Fidel Escobar does just enough to put him off, and the ball runs through to goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.

8PM: So we have reached not only the last group game but also the last match of this World Cup to involve an Arab team. Tunisia face Panama in Saransk with both looking not only to get their first win, but also their first point.

Tunisia opened up their campaign with a 2-1 defeat by England, a Harry Kane header in the last minute proving their undoing. They then were thrashed 5-2 by a rampant Belgium, the gulf in class between the two sides all too obvious to see.

However, Panama, thrashed 6-1 by England on Sunday should offer up a good opportunity to break their duck in Russia. Can they end the tournament on a high?

Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 lead

Updated 21 April 2019

Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 lead

  • The 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets

NEW YORK: Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid returned from injury to score a game-high 31 points and grab 16 rebounds, powering the 76ers to a 112-108 NBA playoff victory at Brooklyn on Saturday.
Despite a third-quarter incident that saw two players ejected, the 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets and could advance in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup with a home victory Tuesday.
In the other Eastern Conference game, Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and nine rebounds as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks put the Detroit Pistons on the brink of elimination with a 119-103 win. The victory give the Bucks a 3-0 lead and they can wrap up the series with a win on the road in the Motor City on Monday.
Philadelphia, down by 10 points early in the third quarter, battled back most of the second half before taking the lead on a run of eight points by Embiid, who missed game three with a sore left knee.
A slam dunk and layup by Embiid gave the 76ers their first late lead at 102-101 but, after an exchange of layups and three-pointers as well as turnovers, fell behind 108-107 on a basket by Brooklyn’s Joe Harris with 25 seconds remaining.
On the next 76er possession, Embiid flipped the last of his seven assists to Mike Scott, whose corner three-pointer put Philadelphia ahead to stay 110-108 with 19 seconds remaining.
Australian Ben Simmons — who added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers — stole the ball from Brooklyn’s Jarett Allen and Tobias Harris sank two free throws for the last of his 24 points to clinch the triumph.
Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points while Brooklyn had 21 points each from Allen and D’Angelo Russell.
Cameroon star center Embiid was issued a flagrant foul in touching off an altercation 4:18 into the third quarter that saw Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley ejected. Embiid, who had elbowed Allen in the face in game two, was whistled for a hard foul on Allen that prompted Dudley to rush at Embiid, taking down the Sixers big man. Butler swung his left arm at Dudley, who wound up in the front row seats with Simmons at one stage, to earn his ejection.
In Detroit, Brook Lopez tallied 19 points and had seven rebounds and five blocked shots and Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double in the series and Nikola Mirotic chipped in 12 points.
Detroit’s hobbled star Blake Griffin had 27 points in 31 minutes after he missed the first two games of the series with a sore knee.
Griffin was cleared with his leg heavily wrapped but it didn’t change the outcome.
The Pistons have now lost 13 straight playoff games dating back to 2008. In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets — led by game highs of 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Serbian playmaker Nikola Jokic — pulled level with San Antonio at 2-2 in their opening series with a 117-103 road triumph over the Spurs.