MATCH CENTRE

MON 24 JUNE 2019, 19:00, SUEZ STADIUM

1
VS
1

Tunisia held in Suez

by BackPageTXT

Mon June 24, 21:08

Tunisia were held 1-1 by Angola in the opening Group E match at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday night.

The Carthage Eagles claimed the lead at the Suez Stadium through Youssef Msakni, but the Palancas Negras fought back in the second half and Djalma Campos capitalised on a goalkeeping error to secure a share of the spoils.

Tunisia looked the stronger side from the opening minutes and created a couple of half-chances for the likes of Naim Sliti and Wahbi Khazri, but they were unable to test Angola goalkeeper Toni Cabaca.

The Palancas Negras grew in confidence and began to threaten through the likes of Mateus Galiano and Fredy, who each struck speculative efforts wide of the Tunisian goal-posts.

However, Tunisia sliced open Angola’s defence just after the half-hour mark and their move resulted in a penalty, with Sliti tripped up in the box by Manuel Paizo. Youssef Msakni struck home the spot kick on 34 minutes to put the North Africans in the lead.

Angola were 1-0 down at the break and coach Srdjan Vasiljevic responded with a double change at the start of the second half: Stelvio Cruz and Wilson Eduardo made way for Geradlo da Costa and Jacinto Gelson.

The southern Africans initially struggled to make any headway against the resilient Tunisians, but on 73 minutes they were gifted an equaliser.

A relatively tame, low shot from Mateus should have been easily saved and smothered by Farouk Ben Mustapha, but the goalkeeper only parried it into the path of Djalma Campos, who tapped home from close range to make it 1-1.

The Carthage Eagles looked for a late winner in the late stages, though efforts from Msakni and Khazri were unable to get the better of Toni. In the end the teams settled for a 1-1 draw.

Tunisia’s next Group E match will be against Mali on Friday, while Angola will take on Mauritania the following day.

Tunisia (1) 1 (Msakni 34’ pen)
Angola (0) 1 (Campos 73’)

Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Meriah, Bedoui, Bronn, Kechrida, Skhiri, Chaalali (Sassi 69’), Haddadi, Khazri, Msakni, Sliti (Badri 79’)

Angola: Toni, Dany, Gaspar, Bastos, Campos, Herenilson, Paizo, Stelvio (Geraldo 46’), Fredy, Mateus (Macaia 87’), Eduardo (Gelson 46’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SUEZ STADIUM
TUNISIA GOALS ANGOLA GOALS
7. Youssef Msakni (34') 7. Djalma Campos (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2 1
TUNISIA STARTING LINEUP ANGOLA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
33'
12
Defender
3
Defender
15
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
6
Defender
5
Defender
2
18
Defender
4
8
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
46'
16
Midfielder
27'
68'
20
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
79'
23
Forward/Striker
73'
7
Midfielder
34'
50'
7
Forward/Striker
87'
17
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
46'
20
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ferjani Sassi
Midfielder
68'
13
Geraldo Da Costa
Forward/Striker
46'
11
Anice Badri
Forward/Striker
79'
9
Jacinto Gelson Dala
Forward/Striker
46'
10
Jose Macaia
Midfielder
87'
13
CARDS
Ghaylen Chaalali
Midfielder
27'
20
Toni Cabaca
Goalkeeper
33'
12
Youssef Msakni
Midfielder
50'
7
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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