Algeria on the brink after 2-1 defeat to Tunisia

Tunisia boosted their chances of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over neighbours Algeria.

13 mins: Guedioura is booked for a tussle with Ben Amor; this referee is a stickler, to put it mildly. Tunisia’s Abdennour is the only player on either side booked in their first game, and therefore at risk of suspension.
30 mins: Another yellow card for Algeria, this time deserved, as Meftah sends Msakni to the floor with a cynical trip.
31 mins: Akaichi tries to lift a diagonal pass to Msakni, but it’s not the best, and drifts out for a goal kick.
45 mins: Abdennour protests theatrically after a tussle with Slimani leads to an Algeria free kick. I don’t blame him; it’s a terrible decision. Nevertheless, a good chance for Algeria, close to the right-hand corner of the area...
46 mins: Mahrez’s free kick is charged down by Mahloul, who had overstepped the referee’s line of magic spray. The Tunisian is booked, Brahimi takes the second free kick, but it’s cleared away.
The half ends with words exchanged, Algeria complaining of an elbow on Bensebaini in the melee that followed the free kick. Both teams have had chances, but no breakthrough yet.
48 mins: Nice bit of link-up play between Khazri and Msakni, but once again, Khazri’s final pass is wayward.
50 mins: GOAL! Algeria 0-1 Tunisia (Mandi own goal)


From a throw in, Sassi lifts the ball beyond the defence to Msakni, whose cross from the left deflects off MandiF, and beyond Asselah!
52 mins: Naguez concedes a free kick, but Slimani is penalised for an ill-tempered shove on Abdennour.
65 mins: Penalty to Tunisia! Algeria’s Cup of Nations is going down in flames. From the quick break, Msakni’s through ball is headed back horribly by Ghoulam, letting Khazri in on goal. The one thing Ghoulam can’t do is clip Khazri’s heels. He does so, and is very lucky to only be booked.
66 mins: GOAL! Algeria 0-2 Tunisia (Sliti)
Sliti strokes the ball into the left corner, sending Asselah the wrong way.

90 mins: GOAL! Algeria 1-2 Tunisia (Hanni)
...and they’ve given themselves a chance! Guedioura’s cut back bobbles all the way to Hanni, 12 yards out, who rifles the ball into the top corner!



Final! Algeria 1-2 Tunisia!

Source: All Football 

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