Ghana vs Tunisia: The Carthage Eagles stun Black Stars in post-match penalties to qualify for 2019 AFCON quarters

Ghana vs Tunisia: The Carthage Eagles stun Black Stars in post-match penalties to qualify for 2019 AFCON quarters

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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- Ghana vs Tunisia AFCON clash finished 1-1 after regulation time to force the match into extra time

- Yassine Khenissi scored Tunisia's opener, with Rami Bedoui netting an own goal at stoppage time

- Tunisia won the penalty shootouts to set up a quarter final date with Madagascar

A resurgent Tunisian side has ended Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations dream after stunning the Black Stars 4-5 in post-match penalties in their round of 16 clash played at Ismailia Stadium on the night of Monday, July 8.

Ferjani Sassi's strike in the shoot-outs was the difference as the penalties settled the match that ended 1-1 after regulation time.

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Ghana came into the match as clear favourites to progress to the next round, boasting of an impressive record in the tournament - making at least the semi-finals in each of the last six biennial competition.

The Kwesi Appiah-tutored side went on to dominate proceedings at Ismailia Stadium, but emerged a little unlucky in the final third.

Andre Ayew appeared to have broken the deadlock minutes to half-time, but the Swansea City star had his back-heeled goal disallowed after match officials ruling there was a handball in the buildup to the goal.

The decision, however, did not deter Ghana, with the west African nation troubling Tunisia's defense with nifty skills.

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It was the introduction of Wahbi Khazri for Anice Badri that turned around Tunisia's fortunes, with the ex-Sunderland man making an instant impact upfront having a hand in Ellyes Skhiri's header that hit the woodwork in the 72nd minute.

The Carthage Eagles, however, went on to find the back of the net a minute later via Taha Khenissi who slotted past Richard Ofori after being set up by Wajdi Kechrida.

But Alain Giresse's men surrendered the lead at the death, with Rami Bedoui directing the ball into his own net to gift Ghana the equaliser.

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With neither side finding the back of the net after extra time, the tie had to be settled through post-match penalties which Tunisia eventually won to book a date with minnows Madagascar in the quarters.

Goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha was the hero, coming on for the shootout to save Caleb Ekuban's penalty.

The historic win effectively ended Tunisia's 54-year wait to earn a victory against the Black Stars.

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