Africa Cup of Nations - Group B
Algeria1Tunisia2

Afcon 2017: Tunisia see off neighbours Algeria

Tunisia's players celebrate after their opening goal
Tunisia's players celebrate after their opening goal

Tunisia boosted their chances of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over neighbours Algeria.

They took the lead when Algeria's Aissa Mandi directed Youssef Msakni's left-wing cross into his own net.

And some dreadful defending by Faouzi Ghoulam led to him bringing down Wahbi Khazri for a penalty which Naim Sliti coolly slotted into the right corner.

Algeria pulled a goal back when Sofiane Hanni struck from the edge of the area.

Tunisia's victory takes them to three points and second place in Group B and leaves Algeria with only one point.

Group leaders Senegal can qualify later on Thursday by beating Zimbabwe.

It means Algeria, who had been one of the pre-tournament favourites, will have to rely on other results going their way if they are to qualify from the group - and they have to face Senegal in their final match.

Tunisia went into the game off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Senegal and anything other than victory against Algeria would have left them in serious trouble.

They were fortunate with their first goal, the ball looping off Mandi's foot to deceive Algerian goalkeeper Malik Asselah, who was playing in place of injured first-choice stopper Rais M'bolhi.

And they were gifted their second when Algeria defender Ghoulam sent an underpowered header back towards his goal and then fouled Khazri who had nipped ahead of him to collect the ball and bear down on goal. Sliti confidently struck home the spot-kick.

Algeria started the match well and Islam Slimani's point-blank header brought an excellent save from Aymen Mathlouthi, while Riyad Mahrez should have done better with a shot from the edge of the area.

Much of Tunisia's best work involved Kazri - starting for the first time at the tournament - and the Sunderland midfielder tested Asselah early on with a free-kick.

Algeria struggled to rouse themselves after going behind and although substitute Hanni took his chance well, sending a curling shot into the corner, their largely toothless display has left them on the verge of an early exit.

Line-ups

Algeria

  • 16Malek
  • 22MeftahBooked at 31mins
  • 2Mandi
  • 21Bensebaini
  • 3GhoulamBooked at 65mins
  • 17GuédiouraBooked at 14minsSubstituted forAbeidat 90+3'minutes
  • 10Bentaleb
  • 7Mahrez
  • 18GhezzalSubstituted forBoundjahat 69'minutes
  • 11BrahimiSubstituted forHanniat 74'minutes
  • 13Slimani

Substitutes

  • 1Rahmani
  • 4Cadamuro
  • 5Belkaroui
  • 6Mesbah
  • 8Bennacer
  • 9Hanni
  • 12Benyahia
  • 14Boundjah
  • 15Soudani
  • 19Abeid
  • 20Belkhiter
  • 23M'bolhi

Tunisia

  • 16MathlouthiSubstituted forJridiat 88'minutes
  • 21Naguez
  • 2Ben Youssef
  • 3Abdennour
  • 12MaâloulBooked at 45mins
  • 10KhazriSubstituted forAli Yacoubiat 73'minutes
  • 14Ben Amor
  • 13Sassi
  • 23Sliti
  • 9AkaichiSubstituted forKhenissiat 78'minutes
  • 7Msakni

Substitutes

  • 1Jridi
  • 4Boughattas
  • 5Kchouk
  • 6Dhaouadi
  • 8Lahmar
  • 11Khenissi
  • 15Azouni
  • 17Mathlouthi
  • 18Khalil
  • 19Khalifa
  • 20Ali Yacoubi
  • 22Ben Cherifia
Referee:
Bernard Camille

Match Stats

Home TeamAlgeriaAway TeamTunisia
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home23
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Algeria 1, Tunisia 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Algeria 1, Tunisia 2.

Offside, Tunisia. Youssef Msakni tries a through ball, but Taha Yassine Khenissi is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Mehdi Abeid (Algeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Rabie Meftah.

Offside, Tunisia. Youssef Msakni tries a through ball, but Taha Yassine Khenissi is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Mehdi Abeid replaces Adlène Guédioura.

Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Algeria).

Goal!

Goal! Algeria 1, Tunisia 2. Sofiane Hanni (Algeria) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adlène Guédioura.

Offside, Tunisia. Mohamed Amine Ben Amor tries a through ball, but Ali Maâloul is caught offside.

Foul by Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Tunisia).

Sofiane Hanni (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Rami Jridi replaces Aymen Mathlouthi because of an injury.

Foul by Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia).

Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia) because of an injury.

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Aymen Abdennour.

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

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

Attempt blocked. Syam Ben Youssef (Tunisia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Aissa Mandi.

Attempt blocked. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Naim Sliti.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Taha Yassine Khenissi replaces Ahmed Akaichi.

Foul by Ahmed Akaichi (Tunisia).

Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Ahmed Akaichi (Tunisia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ali Maâloul with a cross.

Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Adlène Guédioura.

Attempt blocked. Ali Maâloul (Tunisia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ahmed Akaichi (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria).

Hand ball by Ferjani Sassi (Tunisia).

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Sofiane Hanni replaces Yacine Brahimi.

Substitution

Substitution, Tunisia. Mohamed Ali Yacoubi replaces Wahbi Khazri.

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Mohamed Amine Ben Amor.

Foul by Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Tunisia).

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Baghdad Boundjah replaces Rachid Ghezzal.

Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria).

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Cameroon21103214
2Burkina Faso20202202
3Gabon20202202
4Guinea-Bissau201123-11

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal22004046
2Tunisia210123-13
3Algeria201134-11
4Zimbabwe201124-21

C

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1DR Congo11001013
2Ivory Coast10100001
3Togo10100001
4Morocco100101-10

D

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1Ghana11001013
2Egypt10100001
3Mali10100001
4Uganda100101-10
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