Own goal helps Senegal defeat Tunisia to reach AFCON final

Senegal will miss star defender Kalidou Koulibaly for the final against Algeria after he was yellow-carded
Senegal defeats Tunisia to reach AFCON final | News Central TV

Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for the second time with a Dylan Bronn own goal giving them a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Sunday in a tense last-four clash in Cairo.

With 11 minutes gone in extra time, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen pushed a free-kick against the head of Bronn and the ball went backwards into the net.

Tunisia thought they would have a chance to equalise when Idrissa Gueye handled in the box, but the Ethiopian referee reversed his original decision to award a penalty after watching replays at the VAR monitor.

Both teams missed penalties in regular time with Ferjani Sassi the Tunisian culprit before Henri Saivet failed for the Senegalese.

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Liverpool star, Sadio Mane began the tournament as the first-choice Senegal penalty taker but, after missing two, opted out before the quarter-finals.

Senegal will miss star defender Kalidou Koulibaly for the final against Algeria after he was yellow-carded.

It was the second caution of the knockout phase for the Napoli centre-back and triggered an automatic one-match suspension.

Senegal last reached the title decider 17 years ago, when current coach Aliou Cisse captained a team beaten on penalties by Cameroon in Mali. 

“I congratulate (Tunisia and former Senegal coach) Alain Giresse because he left me a good group. He did a good job in Senegal,” said Cisse.

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“The match was incredible because of the uncertainty — it will remain in the annals of African football.”

French football legend Giresse said: “We were equal to Senegal and had opportunities, but did not know how to transform them.

“I am the number one supporter of Aliou Cisse. He will become a coach who will surpass what he achieved as a player. He will win the Cup of Nations.”


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