Senegal vs Tunisia: Dylan Bronn's extra-time own goal earns Lions of Teranga 1-0 win in AFCON semi-final

Senegal vs Tunisia: Dylan Bronn's extra-time own goal earns Lions of Teranga 1-0 win in AFCON semi-final

Fred Kennedy
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Senegal vs Tunisia 2019 AFCON semi-final clashed finished 0-0 after regulation time

- Both sides had plenty of goalscoring chances including two penalties for either team

- The match was finally decided in extra time with Dylan Bronn's own goal gifting Senegal a 1-0 win

- The Lions of Teranga will now face the winner between the other semi pitting Algeria and Nigeria

The first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash between Senegal and Tunisia was forced into extra time after neither side finding the back of the net after regulation time.

Dylan Bronn's extra-time own goal was however the difference, as Senegal strolled into the competitions finals for the first time in 17 years.

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The tie played at 30 June Stadium presented both teams a chance to book a place in the finals, with Senegal seeking their first ever continental glory.

Tunisia, on the other hand were looking to replicate their 2004 exploits that saw them lift their only AFCON title after defeating Nigeria in the finals.

The Sunday evening, July 14, encounter however presented a hotly-contested affair that saw Senegal dominate the opening exchanges in Cairo.

The Aliou Cisse-tutored side nearly scored the opener in the 26th minute, but Youssouf Sabaly had to watch his well-cut 20-yard curling effort hit the woodwork.

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The dying minutes of the first half saw Sadio Mane take charge of Senegal's attack, but Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassen fended off every threat as the two teams headed into the break 0-0.

The second half presented more drama, with a highly-motivated Tunisian side testing Alfred Gomis who was in goal for Senegal countless times.

The north African nation's best opportunity to take the lead came in the 73rd minute when they were controversially awarded a penalty after Kalidou Koulibaly was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

Ferjani Sassi stepped up to take the spot-kick, making a staggered run-up before slotting a weak and low shot that was saved Gomis to afford Senegal a sigh of relief.

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Five minutes later, it was the west African side's chance to bury the game after the winning a penalty Dylan Bronn's clumsy tackle on Ismaila Sarr, but Henri Saivet also saw his effort saved, with Mouez Hassen guessing right as he clawed it away.

The match had to be settled in extra-time, with Tunisia giving away an own goal as keeper Hassen came off his line to try to deal with a cross from a free kick on the right but could not hold it, watching as the ball ricocheted off his defender Bronn and into the net.

The Lions of Teranga managed to repulse their opponent's attempt to restore parity, strolling to a 1-0 win to book a place in the AFCON finals.

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