Africa Cup of Nations - Group F
GambiaGambia1TunisiaTunisia0

Afcon 2021: The Gambia net late winner against Tunisia

By Michael BeardmoreBBC Sport
The Gambia celebrate winning against Tunisia
The Gambia are the lowest-ranked side at the Nations Cup, but qualified unbeaten from Group F

Tunisia's penalty curse struck again as defeat by The Gambia left the Carthage Eagles with a daunting last 16 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Nigeria.

Baboucarr Gaye saved Seifeddine Jaziri's penalty as Tunisia missed from the spot for the third successive game.

The Gambia capitalised as Musa Barrow's 25-yard free-kick struck the bar before Ablie Jallow hit an injury-time winner.

The result means Tunisia finish third in Group F while debutants The Gambia, in second, will face Guinea.

Both countries began the game in Limbe knowing that they were already sure of progressing because of results elsewhere.

However, Tunisia knew anything other than victory would likely mean a meeting with Nigeria - the only team with a 100% record at the tournament - in the first round of the knock-out stages.

So, despite a Covid outbreak that left coach Mondher Kebaier only able to name five substitutes with 12 players unavailable, it was no shock the 2004 champions were the more positive side throughout.

Scorpions provide late sting again

Tunisia's clearest opening saw back-up keeper Gaye dive to his right to thwart Jaziri, who won the spot-kick himself by drawing a foul from the errant foot of The Gambia captain Pa Modou Jagne.

Jaziri became the third different Tunisia player to miss from the spot in the tournament after Youssef Msakni hit the woodwork in the 4-0 win over Mauritania and Wahbi Khazri was denied in the controversial 1-0 defeat by Mali.

Gaye had produced an excellent save to thwart Aissa Bilal Laidouni seconds before the penalty was awarded, and his cause was perhaps helped by the delay leading up to the spot-kick as the Scorpions protested the decision.

The Gambia goalkeeper Baboucarr Gaye stops a penalty kick
After protests delayed the spot-kick, Scorpions keeper Baboucarr Gaye made a fine save

That led to ugly scenes after the half-time whistle, with referee Fernando Guerrero Ramirez brandishing a red card to unused Tunisia substitute goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.

Kebaier's side laboured after the break, perhaps because of their shortage of numbers - with skipper Khazri among the dozen players unavailable - and The Gambia came on strong, as Barrow was unlucky to see his superb set-piece strike cannon off the woodwork.

But, after late confusion that saw Ramirez appear to send off Tunisia's Mohamed Drager, only to instead issue separate yellow cards to the defender and team-mate Hannibal Mejbri, Jallow lashed into the top corner from just inside the area three minutes into stoppage time.

It was another moment to remember for the 23-year-old, who scored his country's first ever Nations Cup finals goal in their opening game win over Mauritania.

At 150th, the lowest ranked team in the competition, The Gambia had also scored a 90th-minute penalty against Mali to draw their second match, and will be hopeful of punching above their weight once again when Tom Saintfiet's side face Guinea on Monday.

Line-ups

Gambia

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 18Gayé
  • 14Sonko-SundbergSubstituted forTourayat 61'minutes
  • 12GomezBooked at 89mins
  • 5Colley
  • 13Jagne
  • 16Jallow-MbyeSubstituted forJallowat 45'minutes
  • 21JankoSubstituted forBadamosiat 62'minutes
  • 15SohnaSubstituted forAdamsat 45'minutesBooked at 48mins
  • 2Bobb
  • 11BarrowSubstituted forJobeat 85'minutes
  • 10Barrow

Substitutes

  • 3Jallow
  • 4Ngum
  • 7Jallow
  • 9Ceesay
  • 17Jobe
  • 22Sibi
  • 23Badamosi
  • 24Darboe
  • 25Sanneh
  • 26Touray
  • 27Njie
  • 28Adams

Tunisia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Saïd
  • 21MathlouthiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDrägerat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 2Ifa
  • 3Talbi
  • 13El Abdi
  • 25Ben Slimane
  • 17Skhiri
  • 28Laidouni
  • 8KhaouiSubstituted forMsakniat 57'minutes
  • 11Jaziri
  • 19RafiaSubstituted forMejbriat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 4Rekik
  • 7Msakni
  • 14Mejbri
  • 20Dräger
Referee:
Fernando Guerrero Ramírez

Match Stats

Home TeamGambiaAway TeamTunisia
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away11
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gambia 1, Tunisia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gambia 1, Tunisia 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Gambia 1, Tunisia 0. Ablie Jallow (Gambia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Musa Barrow with a cross.

  4. Booking

    Mohamed Dräger (Tunisia) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia).

  6. Post update

    Pa Modou Jagne (Gambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Booking

    James Gomez (Gambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Gomez (Gambia).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Gambia. Bubacarr Jobe replaces Modou Barrow.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Omar Colley.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ellyes Skhiri (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Dräger.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia).

  15. Post update

    Muhammed Badamosi (Gambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Hannibal Mejbri (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ablie Jallow (Gambia).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aïssa Bilal Laidouni (Tunisia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssef Msakni.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hannibal Mejbri with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Musa Barrow (Gambia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ablie Jallow.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon32107347
2Burkina Faso31113304
3Cape Verde31112204
4Ethiopia301226-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal31201015
2Guinea31112204
3Malawi31112204
4Zimbabwe310234-13

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco32105237
2Gabon31204315
3Comoros310235-23
4Ghana301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria33006159
2Egypt32012116
3Sudan301214-31
4Guinea-Bissau301203-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast32106337
2Equatorial Guinea32012116
3Sierra Leone302123-12
4Algeria301214-31

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32104137
2Gambia32103127
3Tunisia31024223
4Mauritania300307-70
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