Mali have made a profitable begin to their Africa Cup of Nations marketing campaign by beating Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday.
Ibrahima Kone scored the primary aim early within the second half from the penalty spot.
Mondher Kebaier’s facet obtained an ideal alternative to get again within the recreation after a penalty was awarded to them within the seventy fifth minute.
Nevertheless, goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro made a high-quality save to keep up the Eagles’ lead.
The Group F match resulted in controversial circumstances because the referee twice blew for full time prematurely.
Janny Sikazwe tried to finish the sport within the eighty fifth minute however quickly realised his mistake and determined to proceed play.
The Zambian then issued a crimson card to Mali’s El Bilal Toure which appeared a harsh resolution for the 20-year-old’s sturdy deal with.
The referee caught to his unique resolution even after the VAR appeared to tell him concerning the error.
Sikazwe then ended the sport 20 seconds earlier than the 90 minutes had been up.
Mali have certified for the Africa Cup of Nations on 12 events however they’re but to win a title. They got here closest to lifting the trophy in 1972 once they misplaced the ultimate to Congo.
In the meantime, Tunisia have the excellence of profitable the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, defeating rivals Morocco within the ultimate. They’ve additionally made it to the ultimate of the distinguished competitors on two events in 1965 and 1996.
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