– Madagascar vs Tunisia AFCON quarterfinal clash saw the Eagles of Carthage advance to the semifinals
– A goal each from Sassi, Msakni and Sliti ensured the north African side progress into the last four stage
– They will now face Senegal on Sunday as the Berea crash out of the championship
Tunisia book their spot in the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship following their impressive 3-0 win over tournament debutants Madagascar.
The Bereagave the Eagles of Carthage a run for their money as they held the north African side to a barren draw in the first half.
Tunisia thought they scored first in the 46th minute, but the North Africans’ celebrations got cut short after Wahbi Khazri was ruled to be offside by a very late flag.
However, just seven minutes into the second half, Ferjani Sassi broke the deadlock for the away team through a deflected shot which deceived the goalkeeper before strolling into the net.
Coach Alain Giresse’s men got their confidence puffed up having opened scoring in the 52nd minute as they continued to search for their second.
Their efforts pulled through on the hour mark as Youssef Msakni increased his side’s tally as got his name on the scores sheet.
And just as the final whistle was moments away, Tunisia launched the perfect counter attack in the 90th minute and found themselves ahead with a two-on-one advantage.
Substitute Naim Sliti then showed compsoure to calmly lift it past the keeper after Khazri fed him the ball, nicely teeing him up for a cool finish.
Tunisia for the first time scored three goals in open play in the 32nd edition of the tournament and showed vast experience as they easily dismantled their green opponents.
Carthage Eagles now meet the Teranga Lions in the semifinal of the football showpiece in Egypt on Sunday, July 14.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Algeria have sealed a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after stunning Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties in a thrilling quarter final clash played at Suez Stadium on Thursday, July 11.
Both Serey Die and Wilfried Bony missed their spot-kicks for Ivory Coast, with Youcef Belaili having his hit the post for Algeria.
The two sides settled for a 1-1 draw after regulation time, Sofiane Feghouli scoring Algeria’s opener in the 20th minute, before Jonathan Kodjia equalising Ivory Coast in the second half.
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