UPDATED: AFCON 2019: Senegal defeat Tunisia, qualify for final

Senegal playing the match
Senegal playing the match

Senegal on Sunday qualified for the final of the African Cup of Nations after a 1-0 defeat of Tunisia.

The semi-final match ended 0-0 after 90 minutes with both sides missing scoring chances.

The two teams also missed a penalty each in the second half of the encounter.

Six penalties have been missed during the 2019 AFCON (6/13), a record in a single edition since 2010.

Senegal’s only goal came in the first half of extra time through a Dylan Bronn own goal after a poor clearance by the Tunisian goalkeeper Moez Hassen .

Hassen came flying off his goal-line to try to cut off a freekick from the right flank but completely missed the ball which then hit the unfortunate Bronn on the head.

Tunisia have conceded two own goals in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. No team have done worse during the same edition since 2010.

The goal was enough to secure victory for the Senegalese who will play Algeria in the AFCON 2019 final.

Tunisia will feel aggrieved after referee Bamlak Tessema changed a decision to award them another penalty after consulting the Video Assistant Referee with seven minutes left of extra time.

Senegal captain Cheikhou Kouyate headed clear a freekick on to the arm of team mate Idrissa Gana Gueye in the Senegal box. But after consulting VAR, the referee decided Gana Gueye’s arm was not moving and changed his mind.

Senegal are seeking their first Cup of Nations title, 17 years after their only previous appearance in the final.

Sadio Mane and his Senegal teammates have now kept a clean sheet in eight of their last ten games in the Africa Cup of Nations (3 goals conceded overall), after failing to do so in each of their previous 14.


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