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Mali defeats title-seeker Tunisia

Limbe: Tunisian midfielder Hannibal Mabri (left) competes with Mali midfielder Diadisa Massekou during a Group F Africa Nations Cup (CAN) 2021 football match at the Limbe Omni Sports Stadium yesterday. .. — AFP

Limbe: Mali defeated title-seeker Tunisia 1-0 in yesterday’s match. This is because the Africa Cup of Nations has moved to Limbe, in the southwestern part of Cameroon. Immediately after half-time, Ibrahima Kone’s spot kick proved Mali’s difference in a Group F match, but Tunisia should have been able to win the draw just to save Wahbi Khazri’s second-half penalty. ..

Mali is a major candidate for the tournament where 2004 continental champion Tunisia suffered from the heat and humidity of the mid-afternoon kick-off, despite the late departure of substitute El Bilal Touré. Retreated as one of the. Cameroon.

It was title holder Algeria who was detained by Sierra Leone in Douala on Tuesday, but 24 hours earlier, Senegal needed a final blow penalty to overtake Zimbabwe. After scoring an average goal in the first nine games of the tournament, Mali’s supporters, who comfortably outperformed Tunisian supporters, enjoyed the afternoon, but there was another encounter that lacked the excitement of the goal.

From the stands of the coastal town of Limbe, we regularly looked at the stunning views down the hills to the Gulf of Guinea, rather than action on the pitch, but the staging match here was totally It is a result. Another anxiety in the English-speaking world means that the road from the economic capital Douala to Limbe is lined with military patrols, and there is a checkpoint at the entrance to the town itself.

Mauritania and The Gambia, also based here, were scheduled to meet later in another Group F match. The powerful and athletic Mali side, with six players based in Europe’s Big Five Leagues, is the closest, more balanced and better team just past Massadio Haidara’s shot in the first half. did. A handball spot kick was given shortly after the restart, and Kone of Norwegian club Sarspborg scored a powerful goal.

Khazri, the captain of Tunisia, flipped a free kick shortly after pushing the equalizer, and when the match entered the final 15 minutes, a big chance finally came. Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe first shook off the handball appeal in Mali’s box before changing his mind after the VAR review, but Hazri’s penalty was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro. rice field. Toure was sent off for a reckless late challenge shortly after his arrival, but the ten men did their best. — AFP

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