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Unconvincing displays from France, Spain

  • Published at 11:33 am June 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:04 pm June 10th, 2018
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Elsewhere, there were wins for finalists Serbia, Denmark, Morocco and Australia, while Sweden were held to a goalless draw by Peru

World Cup hopeful France salvaged a late 1-1 draw against the United States in their final friendly before the tournament, while fellow title favourite Spain also needed a late goal as they edged past Tunisia 1-0 Saturday.

Elsewhere, there were wins for finalists Serbia, Denmark, Morocco and Australia, while Sweden were held to a goalless draw by Peru.

Didier Deschamps named a strong side as he sought to put the finishing touch to his preparation before travelling to Russia. However, Julian Green took advantage of a Djibril Sidibe slip to fire a near-post effort past Hugo Lloris on the stroke of halftime to give the visitor a shock lead.

The U.S., who did not qualify for Russia, looked as if they would hold on to their advantage until Kylian Mbappe spared Deschamps' blushes 12 minutes from time.

There remains plenty of unanswered questions for Les Bleus heading into next weekend's opener against Australia, who beat Hungary 2-1 earlier Saturday.

Denmark recorded a 2-0 win over fellow finalist Mexico thanks to strikes from Yussuf Poulsen and Christian Eriksen, while Peru played out a stalemate with Sweden, who will also be in Russia.

It looked like being a frustrating night for 2010 champion Spain as well as they struggled to break down a Tunisia side who caused them difficulties on the counter attack.

Former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas swept in after good work from Diego Costa six minutes from the end to secure the win and ensure coach Julen Lopetegui remains undefeated in his first 20 games in charge.

Their Group B rival Morocco resoundingly brushed past Estonia 3-1, while Serbia hammered Bolivia 5-1. Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic hit a hat-trick and former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic netted a stunning volley in the rout.

RESULTS

Hungary 1 (Sainsbury o.g. 88) Australia 2 (Arzani 74, Kadar o.g. 90+2)

Estonia 1 (Purje 76) Morocco 3 (Belhanda 11, Ziyech 38, En-Nesyri 72)

Serbia 5 (Mitrovic 4, 23, 67, Ljajic 19, Ivanovic 42) Bolivia 1 (Campos 47)

Sweden 0 Peru 0

Denmark 2 (Poulsen 71, Eriksen 74) Mexico 0

Spain 1 (Aspas 83) Tunisia 0

France 1 (Mbappe 78) USA 1 (Green 45)

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