Africa Cup of Nations - Group E
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Tunisia reach last 16 after Mauritania draw

Naim Sliti, Tunisia
Naim Sliti and co will face Ghana in the last 16

Tunisia reached the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations despite drawing 0-0 with Mauritania in Suez.

The result means Tunisia finish as Group E runners-up and will face Ghana in the last 16 of the tournament.

Youssef Msakni could have earned the Eagles of Carthage the win in the second half but his header was saved by goalkeeper Brahim Souleymane.

Debutants Mauritania finish bottom of the group with two points from their three games.

The West African side dominated the first half but Mohamed Dellahi Yali, Ismael Diakite and Hacen all spurned good opportunities to break the deadlock.

Msakni nearly snatched the victory for Tunisia in the final minute of normal time but Souleymane managed to get a strong hand to the 28-year-old's goal-bound header.

Mali topped Group E after beating Angola 1-0 in Ismailia.

Analysis

By BBC Arabic's Mohamed Qoutb

The inexperienced Mauritanian players looked comfortable for the first time in the tournament in the first half. They made good use of their advantage in aerial duels and applied pressure on the Tunisian goal without scoring.

Tunisia - despite bringing Bassem Srarfi in from the start - remained out of rhythm and needed efforts from Msakni and Wahbi Khazri to threaten the Mauritanian goalkeeper.

A disappointing Tunisian side reach the second round without showing anything that would justify putting them as favourites for the tournament, while a brave Mauritanian squad will walk away from their first Afcon campaign with a lot of lessons to learn.

Line-ups

Mauritania

  • 1Souleymane
  • 2Diaw
  • 15N´Diaye
  • 5BaSubstituted forDiadiéat 17'minutesSubstituted forGuidileyeat 60'minutes
  • 3Abeid
  • 19CoulibalyBooked at 45mins
  • 14Yali
  • 18El HacenBooked at 53mins
  • 7DiakiteBooked at 31mins
  • 10Ba
  • 11Moulaye AhmedSubstituted forAnneat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Camara
  • 8Guidileye
  • 9Tanjy
  • 12Diop
  • 13Sarr
  • 16Diaw
  • 17Anne
  • 20Thiam
  • 21Diadié
  • 22Diop
  • 23Gaye

Tunisia

  • 16Hassen
  • 2Kechrida
  • 3BronnBooked at 36mins
  • 4Meriah
  • 5Haddadi
  • 12AouadhiBooked at 52mins
  • 17Skhiri
  • 18SrarfiSubstituted forKhenissiat 45'minutes
  • 23SlitiSubstituted forDrägerat 79'minutes
  • 7Msakni
  • 10Khazri

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 6Bedoui
  • 8Chaouat
  • 9Badri
  • 11Khenissi
  • 13Sassi
  • 14Dräger
  • 15Lamti
  • 19Ben Mohamed
  • 21Hnid
  • 22Ben Cherifia
Referee:
Louis Hakizimana
Attendance:
7,732

Match Stats

Home TeamMauritaniaAway TeamTunisia
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Mauritania 0, Tunisia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mauritania 0, Tunisia 0.

Foul by Taha Khenissi (Tunisia).

Aly Abeid (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Yassine Meriah (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Souleymane Anne (Mauritania).

Attempt saved. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri with a cross.

Taha Khenissi (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Moctar Sidi El Hacen (Mauritania).

Substitution

Substitution, Mauritania. Souleymane Anne replaces Bessam.

Attempt missed. Wajdi Kechrida (Tunisia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri following a set piece situation.

Mohamed Dräger (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aly Abeid (Mauritania).

Attempt saved. Moustapha Diaw (Mauritania) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Moctar Sidi El Hacen.

Foul by Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia).

Adama Ba (Mauritania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Taha Khenissi (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bessam (Mauritania).

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Mohamed Dräger.

Attempt blocked. Moctar Sidi El Hacen (Mauritania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ibrahima Coulibaly.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Mohamed Dräger replaces Naim Sliti.

Attempt saved. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri.

Foul by Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).

Mohamed Dellahi Yali (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dylan Bronn (Tunisia).

Diallo Guidileye (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dylan Bronn (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Bakary N´Diaye.

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diallo Guidileye (Mauritania).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Adama Ba (Mauritania).

Foul by Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia).

Adama Ba (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Naim Sliti (Tunisia).

Moctar Sidi El Hacen (Mauritania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Mauritania. Diallo Guidileye replaces Diadié Diarra because of an injury.

Delay in match because of an injury Diadié Diarra (Mauritania).

Attempt missed. Taha Khenissi (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Oussama Haddadi with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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