Abdennour helps Tunisia to China draw in friendly match

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AS Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour started as Tunisia drew 1-1 with China in Peking.

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The North Africans continued their tour of East Asia on Tuesday with a stalemate against Team Dragon.

CS Sfaxien midfielder Mohamed Ali Moncer opened the score on 39 minutes, but the Eagles of Carthage were unable to hold onto their lead.

On-loan Olympique de Marseille forward Saber Khalifa had the opportunity to double the North Africans’ lead on 52 minutes after winning a spotkick. However, after electing to take the penalty himself, he was unable to beat the goalkeeper the first time, before seeing his rebound tipped over by a stunning save.

Yu Dabao equalised on 94 minutes when Tunisian keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha fumbled a freekick into the path of the Beijing Guoan attacker.

The defeat means that Georges Leekens’s side have now gone seven games without a victory and have won only once in their last nine matches.

FC Metz midfielder Ferjani Sassi also started for Tunisia.

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