Tale of two penalties as Mali beat Tunisia at Cup of Nations

Mali beat title hopefuls Tunisia 1-0 in a match that was a tale of 2 charges on Wednesday as the Africa Cup of Nations relocated to Limbe in Cameroon’s southwest, an area on edge due to the dispute led by anglophone separatists.

Ibrahima Kone’s spot-kick soon after half-time showed the various for Mali in the Group F video game, however Tunisia might have made a draw just for Wahbi Khazri to have his late charge conserved at the other end.

Mali hung on in spite of having replacement El Bilal Toure dispatched late on, and the outcome is an obstacle for Tunisia, the 2004 continental champs, as another of the competition’s leading competitors had a hard time in the heat and humidity of a mid-afternoon kick-off in Cameroon.

On Tuesday it was Algeria, the title-holders, who were held by Sierra Leone in Douala, while 24 hr prior to that Senegal required a last-gasp charge to edge Zimbabwe.

After approximately an objective a video game in the very first 9 matches at the competition, here was another encounter doing not have in goal-mouth enjoyment, although the Malian advocates who easily surpassed their Tunisian equivalents enjoyed their afternoon.

From the stands in the seaside town of Limbe the eye was routinely drawn to the sensational view down the hill to the Gulf of Guinea instead of the action on the pitch, although simply staging matches here at all is an accomplishment.

Different discontent in the anglophone area indicates the roadway from financial capital Douala to Limbe is lined with patrolling members of the militaries, and there are checkpoints at the entryway to the town itself.

Mauritania and Gambia, likewise based here, was because of satisfy in the other Group F video game later on.

A strong and athletic Mali side, whose line-up consisted of 6 gamers based in Europe’s huge 5 leagues, were the much better group on balance, coming closest in the very first half from a Massadio Haidara shot that fizzled simply past.

They were granted a spot-kick for handball simply after the reboot and Kone, of Norwegian club Sarspborg, ended up absolutely.

Khazri, the Tunisia captain, had a free-kick toppled soon after as they promoted an equaliser, and their huge opportunity lastly came as the video game got in the last quarter of an hour.

The Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe at first waved away appeals for handball in the Malian box prior to altering his mind after a VAR evaluation, however Khazri’s charge was magnificently conserved by goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro.

Toure was dispatched for a negligent late obstacle not long after beginning, however the 10 males held out.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.