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Afcon 2017: Tunisia Stab Algeria

Tunisia's Ahmed Akaichi dribbles past Adlane Guodioura during the game. (Courtesy photo)

Tunisia edged closer to booking a quarter final berth in the Africa cup of Nations following their 2-1 victory over Algeria in a match day 2 fixture.

Algeria pressed the self destruct button in the 50th minute Aissa Mandi deflected the ball into his own net off a Youssef Msakni’s left foot shot from an acute angle.

Sassi had picked a throw on and tipped over the defence to find Msakni who tried a shot which was directed to the net.

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The Carthage Eagles put the game beyond their North African neighbors a dozen minute later courtesy of Wahbi Khazri’s penalty.

Msakini had lifted a long effort aimed for Khazri which Faouzi Ghoulam intercepted with an aim of heading back to his keeper.

The attempted header didn’t go far. Khazri raced to control and advanced to the box but Ghoulam hacked him down.

Naim Sliti stepped up for the assignment and sent Asselah to his right and the ball to the left.

The Algerians tried a series of attacks but the real chance matured just minutes into the added time through Hanni who fired in from Adlene Guediora cross.

The result means the Tunisians rise to second place above Algeria and Zimbabwe who both have one point

Senegal leads the way with a perfect record so far.

Tunisia’s Ahmed Akaichi dribbles past Adlane Guodioura during the game. (Courtesy photo)

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