MATCH CENTRE

SUN 11 JUNE 2017, 00:00, RADES

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Khenissi's goal earns Tunisia victory over Egypt

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Mon June 12, 10:30

Tunisia stunned Egypt 1-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group J match at the Stade Olympique de Rades on Sunday.

The victory sees the Eagles of Carthage placed at the top of Group J standings with three points, while the Pharaohs are placed third without a single point.

The Eagles of Carthage thought they deserved a penalty just minutes into the game when Youssef Msakni was brought down inside the Pharaohs inside the box.

However, match referee Bouchaib El Ahrach, who hails from Morocco, and the Pharaohs defence waved Tunisia's penalty claims off.

Before Tunisia defender Syam Ben Youssef's header then hit the post with Egypt goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy beaten as the visitors pressed the hosts.

Egypt had a chance to hit the back of the net on the half-hour mark when Abdalla El Said set up Mahmoud Kahraba, who fired wide of the target.

The last chance in the first-half fell for Taha Yassine Khenissi, whose header from close range was block and the score was 0-0 during the half-time break.

It took only three minutes for Khenissi to make it 1-0 to Tunisia in the second-half when he hit the back of the net following a through ball from Msakni.

Egypt nearly equalized in the 56th minute, but El Said's chip narrowly missed the target with Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia looking on.

Five minutes later Mohamed Salah had a glorious opportunity to restore parity, but his effort was saved by Ben Cherifia as Pharaohs continued to press Tunisia.

That proved to be Egypt's last chance in the second-half as Tunisia stood firm at the back in the remaining minutes and they emerged 1-0 winners.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
TUNISIA EGYPT
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
12
Defender
12
Defender
3
Defender
3
Defender
7
Defender
21
Defender
6
Defender
17
Defender
2
20
Defender
15
Defender
5
13
Defender
2
Defender
4
Defender
4
Defender
20
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
15
21
14
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
10
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