MATCH CENTRE

FRI 28 JUNE 2019, 16:30, SUEZ STADIUM

1
VS
1

Mali hold Tunisia for valuable point

by Staff Reporter

Fri June 28, 18:18

Mali claimed a valuable point in their quest to advance from Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as they held Tunisia 1-1 in Suez on Friday.

The result sees Mali’s Eagles remain on top of the pool on four points and well placed to advance into the last 16. The Carthage Eagles are in second spot but a haul of just two points leaves them vulnerable to being overtaken by either Angola or Mauritania, who will meet in Group E’s other second-round match on Saturday.

Tunisia were the first to threaten a goal, with Wahbi Khazri’s shot direct from a free kick in the fifth minute rattling the crossbar, though the agility of Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra looked to have the effort covered had it been on target.

The North Africans had further opportunities through Khazri and forward Naim Sliti, though Mali tightened up their defence and ensured Diarra had no further notable involvement (apart from being on the end of a couple of hefty challenges from Tunisian forwards) in the remainder of the first half.

The Eagles looked to use their physicality to good effect, but struggled to find space against the well-organised defence of their opponents. Dangerous striker Moussa Marega was mostly restricted to long-range efforts, none of which troubled Tunisian goalkeeper Hassen Mouez.

The score was locked at 0-0 at half time. Tunisia again threatened first after the restart, with Yassine Khenissi flicking a header just over the target from a 57th minute corner kick.

However, on the hour mark, Mali claimed the lead thanks to a poor goalkeeping error from Mouez. Diadie Samassekou’s in-swinging corner kick was horribly misjudged by the gloves-man, who only managed to palm the ball into his own net.

Tunisia responded by introducing the likes of Youssef Msakni and Firas Chaouat, but it was the talismanic Khazri who claimed a somewhat lucky equaliser on 70 minutes, as his shot from a free kick took a wicked deflection off the wall which gave Diarra no chance, leaving the game at 1-1.

The teams traded half-chances in what remained of the game, with the most notable of which was Marega denied by goalkeeper Mouez in the 90th minute after springing the offside trap, but the final whistle saw the opponents settling for a share of the spoils.

Tunisia (0) 1 (Khazri 70’)
Mali (0) 1 (Samassekou/Mouez og 60’)

Tunisia: Mouez, Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah, Hadadi, Khazri, Skhiri, Chaaleli, Badri (Msakni 61’), Khenissi (Chaouat 70’), Naim (Mohamed 84’)

Mali: Diarra, H. Traore, Kone, Wague, Fofana, Haidara (Noss 86’), Samassekou, L. Coulibaly, Marega, Djenepo (Doumbia 75’), Diaby (A. Traore I 80’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SUEZ STADIUM
TUNISIA GOALS MALI GOALS
10. Wahbi Khazri (70') 8. Diadié Samassékou (60')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 3
TUNISIA STARTING LINEUP MALI STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
5
Defender
15
Defender
2
Defender
13
Defender
4
Defender
3
Midfielder
38'
17
Midfielder
12'
86'
4
Midfielder
64'
20
Midfielder
12'
60'
8
Midfielder
84'
23
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
41'
62'
9
Forward/Striker
80'
23
Forward/Striker
70'
11
Forward/Striker
75'
19
Forward/Striker
70'
10
Forward/Striker
59'
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Youssef Msakni
Midfielder
62'
7
Moussa Doumbia
Midfielder
75'
7
Firas Chaouat
Forward/Striker
70'
8
Adama Traore
Midfielder
80'
14
Ben Ayman Mohamed
Midfielder
84'
19
Adama Traore 'Noss'
Midfielder
86'
21
CARDS
Ellyes Skhiri
Midfielder
38'
17
Diadié Samassékou
Midfielder
12'
8
Anice Badri
Forward/Striker
41'
9
Amadou Haidara
Midfielder
12'
4
Ghaylen Chaalali
Midfielder
64'
20
Moussa Marega
Forward/Striker
59'
9
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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