Tunisia 0-1 Spain: how it happened, match report
Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas was on target to save Spain's blushes despite an uninspiring performance against a well disciplined Tunisia side.
A most uninspiring performance from Spain against a well drilled Tunisia side was not the preparation Julen Lopetegui would have wanted as the clock ticks down to La Roja's Group B World Cup opener in Sochi next Friday.
A promising opening where Spain displayed their fine ability to move the ball around with zest and purpose will be long forgotten as Tunisia proved that they will be a tough nut for their Group G opponents to crack with a solid defensive display.
Neither goalkeeper was really called into action in a game that failed to really catch fire and the high number of substitutes employed by both coaches did little for the tempo of proceedings on the Krasnodar Arena.
Just when it seemed that the scoreline was to remain 0-0, Diego Costa (on for Valencia's Rodrigo) latched onto a long ball and drew the keeper out of position. The ball fell to the Celta striker Aspas who drilled home to at least paper over the cracks as regards the scoreline
Plenty of work ahead for Lopetegui as his Spain side looked tired and predictable. Dress rehearsals against Switzerland and Tunisia are over.... now things get serious.
Spain v Tunisia: preview
Spain face their final test ahead of their 2018 World Cup campaign tonight in Krasnodar with Tunisia the side set to test Lopetegui's men.