Africa Cup of Nations - Quarter-final
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Africa Cup of Nations: Tunisia end Madagascar's Afcon run with 3-0 win

Youssef Msakni
Youssef Msakni scored the goal to guarantee Tunisia's progress

Tunisia reached their first Africa Cup of Nations semi-final since 2004 as they ended Madagascar's fairytale run.

The Eagles of Carthage, who will face Senegal in Sunday's last-four tie, led through Ferjani Sassi's deflected shot from the edge of the box.

Youssef Msakni then doubled their lead after Wahbi Khazri's shot was parried by Melvin Adrien.

Naim Sliti added an injury-time third to cap off a counter-attack as Madagascar sent players forward.

Indian Ocean island side Madagascar, ranked 108th in the world, were the story of their debut tournament. They had to start Afcon qualifying in the preliminary round in March 2017, but went on to stun Nigeria in the group stages last month and then DR Congo in the last 16.

Their squad contains players who play in Reunion, the French lower leagues and Thailand. Their head coach Nicolas Dupuis also manages French fourth-tier Fleury.

But their dream came to an end as they were well beaten by a professional Tunisia performance in Cairo.

Tunisia playmaker Khazri was heavily involved in proceedings throughout and had a free-kick tipped over the bar by Adrien. He then thought he had scored their opener, but it was disallowed correctly for offside.

Tunisia got the breakthrough when Sassi's shot hit the backside of Thomas Fontaine and flew into the net. And the game was over once Msakni scored.

The underdogs, who never looked like scoring, took risks in a bid to find a way back into the game - and Khazri squared the ball for Sliti to finish off a quick break and seal the win.

They face Senegal at 17:00 BST on Sunday, with Algeria facing Nigeria at 20:00 BST.

'Madagascar's wonderful but impossible fairytale ends' - analysis

Pierre-Antione Denis at the Al-Salam Stadium, Cairo

It was simply too much effort for Madagascar against a Tunisian side that, despite not being impressive, secured a spot for the semi-finals.

The Carthage Eagles were never really threatened and had all the time they needed to settle into their game. It really seemed like they only had to increase their tempo for 20 minutes to bring this home.

Ferjani Sassi was really impressive in dictating the tempo of the game, breaking the defensive lines with his long passes. His numerous efforts to help breaking the deep defensive lines were greeted with a goal.

The Bareas made everybody dream of a wonderful yet ultimately impossible fairytale. But they certainly leave Egypt showing the continent that anything is possible with hard work and ambition.

Line-ups

Madagascar

  • 23Melvin
  • 20Métanire
  • 5RazakanantenainaSubstituted forMorelat 66'minutes
  • 21Fontaine
  • 22Mombris
  • 6IlaimaharitraSubstituted forRakotoharimalalaat 77'minutes
  • 13AndrianantenainaBooked at 86mins
  • 15Amada
  • 12NomenjanaharySubstituted forVoavyat 66'minutes
  • 9Andriatsima
  • 2Andriamahitsinoro

Substitutes

  • 1Dabo
  • 3Rakotoharisoa
  • 4Randrianarisoa
  • 7Caloin
  • 8Andrianarimanana
  • 10Rakotoharimalala
  • 11Voavy
  • 14Morel
  • 16Randrianasolo
  • 17Rambeloson
  • 18Raveloson
  • 19Gros

Tunisia

  • 16Hassen
  • 2Kechrida
  • 3Bronn
  • 4Meriah
  • 5Haddadi
  • 20ChaalaliSubstituted forDrägerat 75'minutes
  • 17Skhiri
  • 13SassiSubstituted forAouadhiat 83'minutes
  • 10Khazri
  • 11Khenissi
  • 7MsakniSubstituted forSlitiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 6Bedoui
  • 8Chaouat
  • 9Badri
  • 12Aouadhi
  • 14Dräger
  • 15Lamti
  • 18Srarfi
  • 19Ben Mohamed
  • 21Hnid
  • 22Ben Cherifia
  • 23Sliti
Referee:
Néant Alioum
Attendance:
7,568

Match Stats

Home TeamMadagascarAway TeamTunisia
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Madagascar 0, Tunisia 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Madagascar 0, Tunisia 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 0, Tunisia 3. Naim Sliti (Tunisia) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Madagascar. Conceded by Karim Aouadhi.

  5. Post update

    Wajdi Kechrida (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paulin Voavy (Madagascar).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Naim Sliti (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Wahbi Khazri.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jerome Mombris (Madagascar).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia).

  11. Post update

    Ibrahim Amada (Madagascar) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Taha Khenissi (Tunisia).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jerome Mombris (Madagascar).

  16. Booking

    Anicet Andrianantenaina (Madagascar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Anicet Andrianantenaina (Madagascar).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Dräger (Tunisia).

  20. Post update

    Paulin Voavy (Madagascar) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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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