2018 World Cup Qualifier: Tunisia 0-0 Libya – AS IT HAPPENED

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Tunisia 0-0 Libya – AS IT HAPPENED
Taha Yassine Khenissi of Tunisia wins header against Blati Toure of Burkina Faso during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon quarterfinal football match between Burkina Faso and Tunisia at the Libreville Stadium in Gabon on 28 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Nov 11, 2017. 21:18

We have come to the end of the ASW and we thank you for joining us for the match.


Tunisia: Mathlouthi, Youssef, Merieh, Msakni, Khazri, Khenissi, Maaloul, Ben Amor, Chaalani, Naguez, Badri

Libya: Nashnush, Maghasi, Sabbou, Tubal, Al-Warfali, Ghanudi, Mohamed, Benali, Eltrbi, Musrati, Ellafi


90+5' - It is full time in Rades and Tunisia's Carthage Eagles have booked a spot in Russia. They join Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, and Morocco.

90+5' - Sub for Libya: Ghanudi off for El Taher

90+5' - Five minutes added in the match and Libya will hope to secure a win in the dying stages of the tie, whilst the hosts will want to end it at 0-0.

87' - Three minutes to wrap the encounter and it looks like it will finish at 0-0. Should it finish at 0-0, the score will be favourable for the hosts to book a spot in Russia.

83' - Sub for Tunisia: Sassi on for Badri

80' - Nashnush receives a yellow card for time wasting.

75' - Ghilane Chaalani given acres of space in the middle of the field and is able to test Nashnush from a distance aiming for the top left corner, but the keeper is equal to the task and makes a superb save.

74' - Sub for Libya: Tubal off for Taktak.

71' Ben Amor is booked for a foul.

70' Sub for Tunisia: Oussama Hadadi on for Ali Maaloul and Ben Youssef on for Khazri

65' - Despite their dominance and support at home, the Tunisians are not so clinical in front of goal.

60' - Libya under siege from their hosts, yet their defence remains stable and protecting Nashnush very well. No goals in the encounter as yet.

58' Sub for Libya: Badr on for Ellafi.

56' - A dipping strike by Msakni saw Nashnush diving to his left to parry the ball away for a corner. The host could not capitalise from the set piece.

50' - Mathlouthi saves a well-struck shot by Musrati to collect from second attempt. Tunisia losing the ball easily in the heart of the park.

46' - The second is underway, we are yet to see goals in the encounter.

45+2' Two minutes of injury time were added by the referee and there were no clear cut chances. It is half time in Rades. 0-0.

44' - Good touches by the Knights in the hosts half, but a final shot is wide off the target. An acrobatic attempt from Anice Badri forces another brilliant save from Libyan keeper to concede a corner.

40' - Taha Khenissi nearly found the back of the net when Nashnush tried to punch away a cross from the left, the ball went straight to Khenissi yet it went over the cross bar.

38' - Msakni tries another shot from a brilliant one touch football, his weak effort is collected by Nashnush. Tunisia 0-0 Libya.

30' - Tunisia need a draw to book a spot at the World Cup in Russia. Good movement by Tunisia and Youssef Msakni fails to keep his shot on target in the box.

25' - Libya are also holding their own in the crucial encounter. Coach Jalal Damja seems to be impressed by his charges.

21' - Tunisia in a hurry to bag an early goal, but are yet to dominate in the final third. Libya take a shot through Ahmed Eltrbi, but Mathlouthi saves. No goals after 20 minutes in Rades.

15' - A spectacular volley from Wahbi Khazri in the 12th minute nearly caught Nashnush off his line, but it went wide off the left top corner. Libya's Hamdou Mohamed tries a curling shot form a counter attack, but it's wide.

10' - The Mediterranean Knights are also fighting to penetrate the hosts, but find it difficult to break down the Tunisian defence. However, it is Tunisia who look threatening so far.

05' - Tunisia dictating terms as early as the third minute, with Mohamed Nashnush producing a fine save from Syam Ben Youssef's hot in the box.

01' - Libya get the proceedings underway in front of a packed Stade Olympique de Radès. The match gets underway.

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