Les Bleus travelled to Rades, Tunisia for the second of their three World Cup warm up games, hoping to follow up their recent 2-1 win over Costa Rica with another victory. A crowd of around 55,000 turned up at the Stade du 7 novembre to see the hosts take the lead and hold off the French for almost an hour before being pegged back.
France coach Raymond Domenech picked another strong team, with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra as captain, and dominated possession in the first few minutes – following a short delay to remove a cat from the field of play. Florent Malouda fluffed an early shot just before the Tunisians took a surprise early lead through Jemaa, who was found unmarked at the far post to open the scoring.
Tunisia went on to have the better of the next 15 minutes and came close to creating a couple more good chances before France started to get back into the game although they were largely restricted to shooting from long range. Their best chance of the first half came from a cross by Sagna down the right, which Govou headed just past the post and the French went into the interval trailing 1-0.
Domenech replaced Ribery with Henry at half time, and also brought on Planus for Abidal but without immediate effect. Gourcuff conjured up another chance on 58 minutes when his left foot shot from range flew just wide but he made the telling contribution four minutes later when his free-kick from the left found Gallas in the box and the Arsenal defender levelled the scores. Malouda had another good effort saved with 15 minutes remaining but the French attack were unable to further break down a resolute Tunisian defence.
France now face China in a final warm up match in Saint-Pierre on the 4th of June before opening their World Cup campaign against Uruguay in Cape Town on the 11th of June.
Tunisia 1-1 France (30/05/2010)
45 Planus for Abidal
45 Henry for Ribery
63 Gignac for Anelka
64 Diaby for Gourcuff
64 Squillaci for Gallas
64 Clichy for Evra
75 Cisse for Govou