Tunisia advance despite draw with Mauritania

Tunisia advance despite draw with Mauritania
Adama Ba of Mauritania tackled by Sliti Naim of Tunisia during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Mauritania and Tunisia at the Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt on 02 July 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jul 02, 2019. 23:00

Tunisia drew 0-0 with Mauritania in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group E match at the Suez Stadium in Egypt on Tuesday night.

As a result, the Carthage Eagles progressed to the Round of 16 as runners-up, while the Lions of Chinguetti bowed out of the tournament.

The Lions of Chinguetti threatened first through Ismael Diakhite as Mauritania looked to grab a surprise lead against the 2004 AFCON champions.

The US Tataouine forward's right-footed shot was saved by Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen four minutes into the encounter.

Mauritania were forced to make a change in the 17th minute after Abdoul Ba went down injured and he was replaced by Diadie Diarra.

The Carthage Eagles grew into the game towards the half-hour mark, but they could not keep their shots on target.

Wahbi Khazri and Oussama Haddadi both missed the target - failing to seriously test Brahim Souleymane in the Lions of Chinguetti goal-posts.

However, Souleymane was called into action in the 40th minute and he made a good save to deny Ellyes Skhiri to ensure that the first-half ended with the two teams locked at 0-0.

Esperance de Tunis forward Taha Yassine Khenissi, who is one of the most prolific strikers on the African continent, was introduced by Tunisia at the beginning of the second-half.

Khenissi had a chance to break the deadlock just before the hour-mark, but the lanky striker failed to keep his header on target.

The Carthage Eagles came close to snatching a late winning goal in the 78th minute following a good move by Alain Giresse's men.

Khazri played a low cross into the Mauritania box and Youssef M'sakni fired straight at Souleymane, who made a good low save.

Tunisia launched late attacks in search of a late goal, but Mauritania contained the North Africans and ultimately, the match ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Mauritania (0) 0
Tunisia (0) 0

Mauritania: Souleymane, Abdoul Ba (Diarra 17' Guidileye 60'), M. Diaw, Abeid, N'Diaye, Adama Ba, Coulibaly, El Hacen, Dellahi, Diakité, Khalil (Anne 87').

Tunisia: Hassen, Haddadi, Meriah, Bronn, Aouadhi, Sliti (Drager 79'), Skhiri, Srarfi (Khenissi 46'), Kechrida, Msakni, Khazri.

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