Africa Cup of Nations - Quarter Final
Tunisia1Equatorial Guinea2

Tunisia 1-2 Equatorial Guinea (aet)

Javier Balboa
Estoril forward Javier Balboa used to play for Real Madrid

Equatorial Guinea beat Tunisia in controversial circumstances to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

Ahmed Akaichi looked to have put Tunisia into the last four when he turned in Hamza Mathlouthi's cross.

The hosts, ranked 96 places below their opponents, sent it to extra time when Javier Balboa netted an injury-time penalty after Ali Maaloul was harshly ruled to have fouled Ivan Bolado.

And Balboa scored the winner with a fantastic free-kick from 25 yards.

Security guards protect referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn from Tunisia's players
Tunisia players were furious with referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn for awarding the late penalty

Equatorial Guinea will face Ghana or Guinea in their first Cup of Nations semi-final on Thursday.

The game ended with ugly scenes as both sets of officials and players clashed in the 120th minute, with security getting involved, and at the final whistle some Equatorial Guinea fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate a famous win.

Bottles were thrown at Tunisia players, with one Carthage Eagles player throwing one back.

The minnows, ranked 118th in the world, only entered the tournament in November when they replaced Morocco as hosts because of the Ebola crisis.

They had been eliminated from qualifying after fielding an ineligible player, only hired coach Esteban Becker 11 days before the tournament and gave five players debuts in a pre-tournament friendly.

However they qualified from Group A thanks to victory over Gabon in their final game to reach their second quarter-final. They lost the first - in the 2012 event they co-hosted - to Ivory Coast.

Tunisia, meanwhile, topped a group with DR Congo, Cape Verde and Zambia and had good reason to enter the game in confident mood.

Fourth official
There were chaotic scenes at the final whistle as security had to get involved

It was a game of few chances, with Akaichi having a shot touched over by Felipe Ovono before he opened the scoring.

Emilio Nsue was denied a leveller with eight minutes left by Tunisia keeper Aymen Mathlouthi, setting up the incredible late drama.

Bolado dribbled into the area and appeared to stand on the edge of Maaloul's foot before falling to the floor. The referee awarded a penalty in front of a partisan home crowd to a furious reaction from the Tunisian bench.

Some fans shone lasers in the eyes of Tunisia keeper Mathlouthi, who went the wrong way as Balboa rolled it into the net.

In extra time, the momentum was with Equatorial Guinea and Balboa curled home a wonderful free-kick in the first period.

Tunisia created few chances to force penalties before the match ended on a sour note with chaos in the Bata Stadium.

Both sets of players clash
Both sets of players clashed on several occasions in a tense match
Equatorial Guinea players celebrate
Equatorial Guinea players were able to celebrate the most famous win in their history despite the trouble
Esteban Becker
New Equatorial Guinea boss Esteban Becker was formerly the country's women's football coach

Line-ups

Tunisia

  • 16Mathlouthi
  • 20Ali YacoubiBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMsakniat 104'minutes
  • 2Ben Youssef
  • 3Abdennour
  • 17Mathlouthi
  • 6RaguedBooked at 9mins
  • 13SassiBooked at 90mins
  • 12Maâloul
  • 18KhazriSubstituted forAli Moncerat 85'minutes
  • 9Chikhaoui
  • 19AkaichiBooked at 66minsSubstituted forChermitiat 85'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 4Mohsni
  • 5Bedoui
  • 7Msakni
  • 8Rjaibi
  • 10Younes
  • 11Chermiti
  • 14Nater
  • 15Ali Moncer
  • 21Saihi
  • 22Ben Cherifia
  • 23Ben Djemia

Equatorial Guinea

  • 1Ovono
  • 8Iyanga TraviesoSubstituted forBoladoat 80'minutes
  • 5Mbele Mangue
  • 4Da Gracia Gomes
  • 16Bohale AqueriacoSubstituted forBelimaat 86'minutes
  • 14Senobua
  • 18Ellong
  • 21Zarandona Esono
  • 11Balboa Osa
  • 10Nsue
  • 9Fabiani BosioSubstituted forEdúat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vazquez Evuy
  • 3Engonga Noval
  • 6Edjogo-Owono Montalbán
  • 7Belima
  • 12Bolado
  • 13Embela Gil
  • 15Edú
  • 17Obama Nsue Ondo
  • 19Briones
  • 20Maye
  • 22Ganet
  • 23Darío
Referee:
Rajindraparsad Seechurn

Match Stats

Home TeamTunisiaAway TeamEquatorial Guinea
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home41
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Tunisia 1, Equatorial Guinea 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Tunisia 1, Equatorial Guinea 2.

Foul by Syam Ben Youssef (Tunisia).

Iván Zarandona (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Diosdado Mbele.

Attempt blocked. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ferjani Sassi with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Ali Maâloul (Tunisia).

Attempt saved. Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aymen Abdennour.

Foul by Yassine Chikhaoui (Tunisia).

Rubén Belima (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Felipe Ovono (Equatorial Guinea) because of an injury.

Offside, Tunisia. Ali Maâloul tries a through ball, but Hocine Ragued is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ali Maâloul (Tunisia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iván Bolado (Equatorial Guinea).

Syam Ben Youssef (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emilio Nsue Lopez (Equatorial Guinea).

Foul by Mohamed Ali Moncer (Tunisia).

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Ali Moncer (Tunisia).

Ibán (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kike (Equatorial Guinea).

Second Half Extra Time begins Tunisia 1, Equatorial Guinea 2.

First Half Extra Time ends, Tunisia 1, Equatorial Guinea 2.

Mohamed Ali Moncer (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rubén Belima (Equatorial Guinea).

Foul by Hamza Mathlouthi (Tunisia).

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Youssef Msakni replaces Mohamed Ali Yaacoubi.

Goal!

Goal! Tunisia 1, Equatorial Guinea 2. Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia).

Javier Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Viera Ellong (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kike.

Foul by Amine Chermiti (Tunisia).

Rui Da Gracia (Equatorial Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Equatorial Guinea. Conceded by Hocine Ragued.

Attempt blocked. Iván Bolado (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rubén Belima.

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