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Gallas earns France a draw in Tunisia

Tunisia 1-1 France
William Gallas headed a second-half equaliser as France were tested in their penultimate friendly before the FIFA World Cup.

William Gallas celebrates scoring France's equaliser in their friendly in Tunisia
William Gallas celebrates scoring France's equaliser in their friendly in Tunisia ©Getty Images

Tunisia 1-1 France
William Gallas headed the equaliser as France drew 1-1 away to Tunisia in their penultimate friendly before the FIFA World Cup.

With the exception of returning No1 Hugo Lloris – Steve Mandanda making way – France started with the same XI in Rades that had defeated Costa Rica 2-1 in Lens on Wednesday. As in midweek, Les Bleus also fell behind early on as RC Lens striker Issam Jemâa tapped in a fifth-minute cross from another France-based player, Valenciennes FC's Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

Hoping to change things, Raymond Domenech made seven changes in the second half, including an international debut for FC Girondins de Bordeaux centre-back Marc Planus at 28 years of age. The visitors then drew level on 62 minutes as a free-kick from another Bordeaux player, Yoann Gourcuff, found Gallas who headed past Lens custodian Hamdi Kasraoui in the Tunisia net.

France conclude their preparations against China in Reunion Island on 4 June, a week before tackling Uruguay in their World Cup opener in Cape Town.