Tunisia advance despite draw with Mauritania


Tunisia drew 0-0 with Mauritania in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group E match at the Suez Stadium in Egypt

As a result, the Carthage Eagles progressed to the Round of 16 as runners-up, while the Lions of Chinguetti bowed out of the tournament.

The Lions of Chinguetti threatened first through Ismael Diakhite as Mauritania looked to grab a surprise lead against the 2004 AFCON champions.

The US Tataouine forward’s right-footed shot was saved by Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen four minutes into the encounter.

Mauritania were forced to make a change in the 17th minute after Abdoul Ba went down injured and he was replaced by Diadie Diarra.

The Carthage Eagles grew into the game towards the half-hour mark, but they could not keep their shots on target.

Wahbi Khazri and Oussama Haddadi both missed the target – failing to seriously test Brahim Souleymane in the Lions of Chinguetti goal-posts.

However, Souleymane was called into action in the 40th minute and he made a good save to deny Ellyes Skhiri to ensure that the first-half ended with the two teams locked at 0-0.

Esperance de Tunis forward Taha Yassine Khenissi, who is one of the most prolific strikers on the African continent, was introduced by Tunisia at the beginning of the second-half.

Khenissi had a chance to break the deadlock just before the hour-mark, but the lanky striker failed to keep his header on target.

The Carthage Eagles came close to snatching a late winning goal in the 78th minute following a good move by Alain Giresse’s men.

Khazri played a low cross into the Mauritania box and Youssef M’sakni fired straight at Souleymane, who made a good low save.

Tunisia launched late attacks in search of a late goal, but Mauritania contained the North Africans and ultimately, the match ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Mauritania (0) 0
Tunisia (0) 0

Mauritania: Souleymane, Abdoul Ba (Diarra 17′ Guidileye 60′), M. Diaw, Abeid, N’Diaye, Adama Ba, Coulibaly, El Hacen, Dellahi, Diakité, Khalil (Anne 87′).

Tunisia: Hassen, Haddadi, Meriah, Bronn, Aouadhi, Sliti (Drager 79′), Skhiri, Srarfi (Khenissi 46′), Kechrida, Msakni, Khazri.