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Tunisia win 5-4 on penalties

Africa Cup of Nations: Tunisia beat Ghana on penalties in last 16

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Tunisia are in the quarter-finals without winning a game in 90 minutes

Tunisia beat Ghana on penalties to set up an Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final with Madagascar.

Goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha was the hero, coming on for the shootout and saving Caleb Ekuban's penalty.

Tunisia had been seconds away from winning in 90 minutes, but substitute Rami Bedoui headed into his own net in injury time, with his first touch.

They had led in Ismailia through Taha Yassine Khenissi's goal from Wajdi Kechrida's cross.

Leeds striker Ekuban was the only player to fail with his kick in the shootout, with Ferjani Sassi scoring the winning kick.

Tunisia now face Madagascar, ranked 108th in the world, on Thursday, despite not having won a game in 90 minutes. The Eagles of Carthage drew all three group games before their penalty shootout win over Ghana.

The Black Stars dominated the opening stages of the game, and Nuhu Kasim's header hit the outside of the post.

They had a first-half goal controversially disallowed. Thomas Partey fed Jordan Ayew, who crossed for his brother Andre to score a backheel.

The referee ruled the goal out for a Partey handball, with VAR not coming in until the quarter-finals, but the Atletico midfielder controlled the ball with his chest.

Tunisia took control when Wahbi Khazri, who was an injury doubt, came on in the 68th minute. Moments later his corner was headed on to the bar by Khenissi.

The breakthrough came as Khazri backheeled the ball into the path of Kechrida, whose cross was swept home via the post by Khenissi.

Ghana's Mubarak Wakaso had a 30-yard shot tipped on to the post and then had a hand in the equaliser.

Defender Bedoui came on for Khenissi in the last minute to help them see the game out - but headed Wakaso's free-kick into his own net with his first involvement.

Both sides had chances in extra time, but failed to take them, so the game went to penalties.

Analysis

BBC World Service's John Bennett in the Ismailia Stadium

For the first time since 2008 Ghana have failed to make it to at least the semi-finals.

And for the first time in Cup of Nations history Tunisia have managed to beat them.

More penalty heartbreak for Ghana who have suffered so much in shootouts. Think back to 2010 at the World Cup and 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

Jordan Ayew could have won it in extra time too. The in-form striker had a great chance.

Tunisia go through and like fellow quarter-finalists Benin they are yet to win a match at this tournament.

Line-ups

Ghana

  • 1Ofori
  • 22Yiadom
  • 15AdamsBooked at 90mins
  • 21BoyeBooked at 11mins
  • 17BabaSubstituted forAgbenyenuat 116'minutes
  • 6AcquahSubstituted forEkubanat 75'minutes
  • 11WakasoBooked at 87mins
  • 19OwusuSubstituted forKwabenaat 107'minutes
  • 5Partey
  • 10A AyewSubstituted forGyanat 84'minutes
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 2Attamah
  • 3Gyan
  • 8Kwabena
  • 12Ati
  • 13Ekuban
  • 14Agbenyenu
  • 16Annan
  • 18Aidoo
  • 20Asamoah
  • 23Agyepong

Tunisia

  • 16HassenSubstituted forBen Mustaphaat 120+1'minutes
  • 2Kechrida
  • 3BronnBooked at 12mins
  • 4Meriah
  • 5Haddadi
  • 20Chaalali
  • 17Skhiri
  • 13Sassi
  • 9BadriSubstituted forKhazriat 68'minutes
  • 11KhenissiSubstituted forBedouiat 90'minutes
  • 7MsakniBooked at 48minsSubstituted forSlitiat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 6Bedoui
  • 8Chaouat
  • 10Khazri
  • 12Aouadhi
  • 14Dräger
  • 15Lamti
  • 18Srarfi
  • 19Ben Mohamed
  • 21Hnid
  • 22Ben Cherifia
  • 23Sliti
Referee:
Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes

Match Stats

Home TeamGhanaAway TeamTunisia
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home23
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away27

Live Text

Match ends, Ghana 1(4), Tunisia 1(5).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Ghana 1(4), Tunisia 1(5).

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(4), Tunisia 1(5). Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(4), Tunisia 1(4). Thomas Partey (Ghana) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(3), Tunisia 1(4). Yassine Meriah (Tunisia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(3), Tunisia 1(3). Lumor Agbenyenu (Ghana) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(2), Tunisia 1(3). Dylan Bronn (Tunisia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty saved! Caleb Ekuban (Ghana) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(2), Tunisia 1(2). Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(2), Tunisia 1(1). Jordan Ayew (Ghana) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(1), Tunisia 1(1). Naim Sliti (Tunisia) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ghana 1(1), Tunisia 1. Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Ghana 1, Tunisia 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Ghana 1, Tunisia 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Farouk Ben Mustapha replaces Mouez Hassen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt saved. Owusu Kwabena (Ghana) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Oussama Haddadi.

Naim Sliti (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Ghana).

Hand ball by Ghilane Chaalali (Tunisia).

Foul by Naim Sliti (Tunisia).

Andy Yiadom (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Lumor Agbenyenu replaces Abdul Rahman Baba.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Mouez Hassen (Tunisia).

Delay in match because of an injury Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).

Foul by Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia).

John Boye (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. John Boye (Ghana) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Thomas Partey with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ghana. Conceded by Naim Sliti.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Ghana) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Asamoah Gyan.

Foul by Ghilane Chaalali (Tunisia).

Caleb Ekuban (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ghana. Owusu Kwabena replaces Samuel Kwame Owusu.

Foul by Naim Sliti (Tunisia).

Mubarak Wakaso (Ghana) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half Extra Time begins Ghana 1, Tunisia 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Ghana 1, Tunisia 1.

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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