Youssed Msakni of Tunisia celebrates goal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Algeria and Tunisia at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 21:37
Tunisia are just a point away from securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup after they thrashed Guinea 4-1 on Saturday.
The result at the 28 September Stadium in Conakry - secured in the main by a hat-trick from Youssef Msakni - sees the Carthage Eagles move to within touching distance of a place in Russia 2018.
The North Africans may have claimed a resounding win, but they found themselves behind after 36 minutes when Bundesliga star Naby Keita opened the scoring.
Yet the half ended with parity restored when Msakni scored the first of his three goals, beating goalkeeper Abdul Aziz Keita just before the interval to make it 1-1.
The match remained in the balance for most of the first half, but swung decisively in Tunisia’s favour on 74 minutes when Msakni struck his second to put his side in the advantage.
Less than 10 minutes later they extended their lead when Mohamed Ben Amor made it 3-1, while the game ended poorly for the hosts, who had Keita sent off in injury time and allowed Msakni to complete his hat-trick in the sixth added minute.
Group A will wrap up in November 2017 when Tunisia host Libya and DR Congo welcome Guinea.
Guinea (1) 1 (Keita 36’)
Tunisia (1) 4 (Msakni 45+2’ 74’ 90+6’, Ben Amor 83’)
Guinea: A. Keita, O. Balde, D. Camara (S. Kaba 78’), I. Conde, I. Conte, S. Diallo (J. Lamah 85’), N. Keita, B. Sankoh, S. Soumah, Id. Sylla, Is. Sylla (I. Sankhon 65’)
Tunisia: A. Mathlouthi, H. Naguez, R. Bedoui, M. Ben Amor, S. Ben Yousseff (A. Badri 59’), G. Chaalali, T. Khenissi (W. Khazri 78’), A. Maaloul, Y. Meriah, Y. Msakni, F. Sassi (A. Trabelsi 55’)