Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia: Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – as it happened

Paul Doyle on 11 July 2019

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Full-time: Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia

Madagascar glorious run reaches an emphatic end, as Tunisia deservedly advance to a semi-final showdown with Senegal. After an evenly-balanced first half Alain Giresse’s men needed a big stroke of luck to to break the deadlock early in the second, after which the islanders did not look like recovering, though they tried valiantly. A couple of quality goals crowned a happy evening for Tunisia. They will go into the semi-final with fresh confidence. Madagascar will go home as heroes.

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GOAL! Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia (Sliti 90+3)

Tunisia kill the game on the counter after a Malagasay corner. Khazri drew the last defender before slipping in Sliti, who dinked it past Adrien and into the net.

89 min: Amada sends over a freekick from the let as Madagascar seek a consolation goal. But Tunisian defenders aren’t the sentimental type and they bang the ball back down the other end of the pitch.

87 min: Nicolas Dupuis continues to bestride the sideline. He and his team will leave this tournament with their heads held high. They’ve brought joy. Next stop for the manager? Back to Fréjus in the French second division.

85 min: Anicet booked for a comping into Khenssi in the centre circle.

82 min: Madagascar are drifting towards the exit, but through no lack of effort or rigour. They’ve been undone by a slice of awful luck and the absence of creative sharpness up front.

Tunisia substitution: Aouadhi on, Sassi off

Madagascar substitution: Njiva on, Ihlamaharitra off.

80 min: Lovely interplay by Tunisia releases Haddadi. but adrien runs out to confront him, making a good save to prevent the left-back from making it 3-0.

78 min: Mombris goes down after copping Khazri’s elbow in the mush. That’s going to make Madagascar’s defeat all the more painful in the morning. “I do not know to what ends, sinister or not, you want to know President Andry Rajoelina’s twitter account, but it is here https://twitter.com/se_rajoelina,” reveals Kari Tulinius. Don’t worry, I have no intention of being an abusive blowhard on twitter, I just wanted to see if he’s anything like that (other president). Sure enough, he’s not.

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Tunisia substitution: Drager on, Chaaleli off.

72 min: Tunisia are happy to let Madagascar have the ball around mid-way, confident the islanders won’t find the ingenuity required to infiltrate a generally well-drilled defence. Madagascar need inspiration from somewhere...

69 min: Meriah fails to cut out a long ball forward, and that gives Andrea a chance to run on to it and into the box. Meriah charges back in a self-rescue bid and does enough to put off the attacker, who flings himself to the ground in a desperate bid for a penalty. Not in a million years.

66 min: Up in the VIP box, the Malagasy president, so jubilant at previous matches, looks thoroughly peeved. Anyone know if he uses twitter?

Tunisia substitution: Sliti on, Msakni on. The captain, who is a yellow card away from suspension, can start resting up for the semi-final against Senegal. Unless Madagascar can spring their biggest shock yet ...

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Madagascar substitutions: Morel and Voavy on, Razak and Lalaina off.

63 min: There’s renewed urgency to the way Madagascar are passing now but Tunisia have their measure. They keep them at bay cannily an step in to steal the ball at the first opportunity.

GOAL! Madagascar 0-2 Tunisia (Msakni 61)

Tunisia stream through them again. Adrien parries an 18-yard shot from Khazri but Msanki pounces on the rebound, glides last one defender and places the ball in the bottom corner despite falling as he shoots. Nice goal. The dream is dying for Madagascar.

Msakni celebrates scoring Tunisia’s second.
Msakni celebrates scoring Tunisia’s second. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

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58 min: Another vicious delivery by Khazri. Lalaina heads it clear for a corner on the far side. In fairness to Madagascar, they have dealt with those well so far, unlike in previous games. They back up that point by heading Khazri’s latest attempt clear, too.

55 min: Madagascar are having more of the ball now and looking keenly for openings, but Tunisia are being real stingy. The islanders have 35 minutes to find a way to make them give up their lead.

53 min: Khazri curls a vicious inswinging freekick from the left. Adrien punches it to safety.

GOAL! Madagascar 0-1 Tunisia (Sassi 51)

Terrible misfortune for Madagascar! A tame shot by Sassi from the edge of the area takes a huge deflection off Fontaine’s backside and spins past the nonplussed keeper.

Sassi celebrates in front of the fans.
Sassi celebrates in front of the fans. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

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50 min: A fine crossfield ball finds Mombris on the left. He curls in a lovely delivery. Andriatsima stoops to try to get his head on it but misses, and the ball flies across the face of goal and out of play on the far side.

47 min: GOAL? Tunisia are celebrating after Khazri takes down a long pass and stabs the ball past the keeper. The officials seem set to allow it but eventually decide to consult Var, which reveals, as expected, that Khazri was a couple of yards offside.

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46 min: We go again. Tunisia resume their patient building.

Half-time: Madagascar 0-0 Tunisia

It’s been tidy, tense and not nearly as open as hoped. Senegal are no closer to knowing who they will face in the semi-final. Something has go to give in the sometime, possibly in the second half, which is coming right up...

45+1 min: A feint and a dart from Msakni and then a dinky shot from 23 yards. But straight at the Adrien.

Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni in action in front of Madagascar’s Lalaina Enjanahary.
Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni in action in front of Madagascar’s Lalaina Enjanahary. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

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44 min: Amada tries to replicate his stunning goal against DR Congo but doesn’t catch the ball as sweetly this time. Still, his drive bounces just in front of Hassen and demands a save.

43 min: A 25-yards snapshot from Chalaali forces Adrien to plunges to hist left and tip it around the post! The replay shows it was going just wide but the keeper was taking no chances.

41 min: Kechrida races down the right, injecting speed into a patient buildup. Then he pings a low cross to the near post. Khenissi beats the defender to it and tries to flip it into the net, but finds only the sidenetting.

38 min: Tunisia are having most of the play now, and a lot of it in the Madagascan half. But the underdogs are making it very tough for them to pick a way through.

35 min: Msakni dodges his way between two defenders in the box and then goes down theatrically. Thank fig he doesn’t get a penalty for that.

34 min: Métanire hasn’t found his crossing range yet. But his latest overhit effort nearly catches out the keeper, who has to backpedal frantically before realising it’s going to drift over his bar.

33 min: Khazri whips the ball over the wall and towards the top corner ... but Adrien gets both hands on it and pushes it out for a corner. Andriatsima clears that at the near post.

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32 min: Dangere here. Raak hauls down Msakni to concede a freekick just outside the D. That’s Khazri territory...

30 min: More top defending, this time by Meriah, who eased Andriatsima off the ball in the Tunisian box before carrying it clear.

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29 min: Fontaine rushes over to the left to cut out a ball that Khazri looked like collecting. Top covering by the centreback.

27 min: Nifty fee by Khazri at the edge of the Malagasy box. After dancing past two, however, he is crowded out. Madagascar sure do make teams work hard for room in open play.

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Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri, left, and Madagascar’s Thomas Fontaine run for the ball during the African Cup of Nations quarterfinal soccer match between Madagascar and Tunisia in Al Salam stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

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25 min: Alain Giresse was a wonderful player, but I’m not seeing what he has brought to this Tunisian team...

22 min: Tunisia usually have most of the possession but Madagascar have passed the ball better than them so far: they are more in tune with each other, and slicker. Not by much, however.

19 min: The ref allows play to continue after Mombirs is chopped down. The ball runs through to Andriatsima, who has a go from an improbable angle 18 yards out. He finds the target but his shot never looked likely to beat the keeper.

17 min: Freekick to Madagascar 30 yards out and central. Tunisia put up a three-man wall, and Fontaine rams it into them.

16 min: Métanire bombs down the right but then botches his cross.

14 min: Mskani fizzes a low pass from the let to Sassi, who takes it beautifully at the edge of the area, spinning past his marker with one artful touch and then bending a shot just beyond the far post.

12 min: Tunisia are starting to find their patient passing rhythm. Madagascar are chasing them diligently, hunting for a chance to launch one of their buccaneering counter-attacks.

10 min: Bad defending setpieces has been Madagascar’s one glaring weakness in this tournament so far, but they have just dealt admirably with a dangerous corner from Khazri.

8 min: Khenissi tumbles in the box under a strong challenge by Razak. No foul.

7 min: Madagascar work Mombris into a crossing position down the left. He picks out Lalaina beyond the far post, but Lalaina can’t beat two defenders to get off a shot. Still, that was a nice move: there’s real crispness to Madagascar’s play.

5 min: Andriatsima, willing as always, recovers a lofted pass into the channel and then spins and looks for support. It arrives fast but a bit too eagerly - freekick to Tunisia at the edge of their own area.

3 min: It’s been an encouragingly brisk start, with both teams eager to moved forward with tidiness and speed. For a moment Chalali had a shooting opportunity from 20 yards but he hesitated and that was enough for the ever-dynamic Malgasy to close him down.

A Tunisia fan before the match.
A Tunisia fan before the match. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
Madagascar fans cheer their team on in Cairo.
Madagascar fans cheer their team on in Cairo. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

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1 min: And they’re off! Tunisia, clad all in white, get the game going at a promising pace.

Teams

So let’s have a recap of the lineups. The first thing to note is that Hassen starts in goal for Tunisia, having been forgiven for the strop he threw after being replaced just before the shootout in the last game, against Ghana. Khazri is also brought back into the starting XI after impressing off the bench in that game. As for Madagascar, they make a single change, Ilaimaharitra returning to the mifield following suspension.

Madagascar: Adrien; Métanire, Razakanantenaina, Fontaine, Mombris; Amada, Anicet, Nomenjanahary; Andriatsima, Carolus, Lalaina.

Tunisia: Hassen; Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah, Haddadi; Chaalali, Skhiri, Sassi; Khazri, Msakni, Khenissi

Referee: A Alioum (Cameroon) & Var

Algeria 1-1 Ivory Coast (4-3 on pens) Algeria advance to the semi-final

They will play the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Before that, Madagascar and Tunisia are about to get it on in the last of the quarter-finals. stay tuned!

Islam Slimani celebrates.
Islam Slimani celebrates. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

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MISS! Serey Die hits the exact same spot of the post as Belaili did - and that spells victory for Algeria!

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MISS! Belaili kisses the ball and then smacks it against the butt of the post! A reprieve for the Elephants! Algeria 4-3 Ivory Coast

GOAL! Gradel rams it into the net Algeria 4-3 Ivory Coast

GOAL! Ounas rifles into the bottom corner. Algeria 4-2 Ivory Coast

SAVE! Bony’s tame shot is beaten away by Rais Algeria 3-2 Ivory Coast

Wilfried Bony misses a penalty during the shootout.
Wilfried Bony misses a penalty during the shootout. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

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GOAL! Delort nets in style though Gbohouo went the right way. Algeria 3-2 Ivory Coast

GOAL! Cornet sidefoots it past the keeper, who went the other way. Algeria 2-2 Ivory Coast

GOAL! Slimani sends the keeper the wrong way. Algeria 2-1 Ivory Coast

GOAL! Kessie does the business coolly Algeria 1-1 Ivory Coast

GOAL! Bensebaini’s shot creeps into the bottom corner via the goalkeper’s hands and a post! Algeria 1-0 Ivory Coast

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Algeria win the toss and choose to take the first penalty ...

Full-time: Algeria 1-1 Ivory Coast aet. Pens to follow ....

ET 120+3: Delort does take the freekick ... and he curls it around the wall and just wide! A fine effort. But we’re headed to a shootout ...

Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessie stretches.
Ivory Coast’s Franck Kessie stretches. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

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ET 120+1 min: Before the freekick can be taken Algeria introduce Delort for Feghouli, presumably just in case this does go to penalties. Or maybe he’s going to take the free?

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ET 120 min: Comora dives late into a tackle on Ounas, the player who was introduced for Mahrez. The defender gets a booking and Algeria get a freekick right at the edge of the area. Can they win it now and spare themselves a shootout?

ET 116 min: Gradel swings in a freekick from the left. Comara leaps high but heads higher, sending the ball over from eight yards.

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ET 113 min: This is a good spell by Algeria. Some tidy interplay down the left culminates with Bennacer hanging up a useful cross for Zeffane, who nods wide under pressure.

ET 111 min: Slimani runs on a delicious cross to power a header towards the far corner, but Gbohuou denies him with a super save!

ET 108: Ivory Coast have been the better side in extra-time. Mahrez, since you ask, was withdrawn in the 86th minute.

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ET 106 min: Cornet has been excellent since his introduction and has just skinned Benlamru down the left before flashing the ball across the face of goal. A defender nearly turned it into his own goal but was relieved to see it squirm past the post for a corner.

The teams are in for Madagascar-Tunisia. Behold:

Madagascar: Adrien; Métanire, Razakanantenaina, Fontaine, Mombris; Amada, Anicet, Nomenjanahary; Andriatsima, Carolus, Lalaina.

Tunisia: Hassen; Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah, Haddadi; Chaalali, Skhiri, Sassi; Khazri, Msakni, Khenissi.

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ET 105 min: An Ivorian corner provokes a kinghell stramash in the Algerian box, and Zeffane clears off the line! There was also what looked like a handball by Feghouli but Var is not being consulted. So Algeria make it to half-time in extra-time on level terms.

ET 102 min: Bennacer curls a freekick beyond the far post and there’s Slimani, racing on to it at speed. But from a difficult angle he can’t direct his first-time shot on target.

ET 100 min: Slimani is putting himself about up front for Algeria but they haven’t been able to provide him with a clear chance yet.

ET 7 min: The Ivorian subs almost make the desired impact, as Bony and Cornet combine before Guedioura flings himself in front of the latter’s shot to save Algeria! Var checks to see whether it hit his hand but it didn’t. From the resultant corner, Cornet goes close again, chipping just over from the edge of the area.

ET 5 min: Kodjia is off now too, replaced by Bony. After a terrific second half, extra-time hasn’t yet caught fire. Both teams are wary of making a fatal mistake ...

ET 2 min: Zaha, who had a decent game despite one bad miss, is withdrawn for Cornet. Meanwhile, Bounedjah was replaced by Slimani shortly after his penalty miss but is still distraught. The camera keeps panning to him in the dugout, where he is shaking his head and seemingly on the verge of tears. You’d almost want Algeria to go on and win here just to save him from further distress.

Algeria 1-1 Ivory Coast ... more to come

Before we tuck into the main feast (see below), let’s enjoy the conclusion to the first quarter-final, which is turning out to be a corker. Algeria led through a first-half goal by Sofinae Feghouli and had a chance to increase that lead, only for Baghdad Bounedjah to smash a penalty against the crossbar. Then Jonathan Kodjia equalised for Ivory Coast and since then it’s been a thrilling, helter-skelter affair, with highlights including Riyad Mahrez having a shot cleared off the line brilliantly by Mamadou Bagayoko, and Wilfried Zaha shaking a golden chance high and wide for the Elephants. A highly entertaining game is about to reach its climax, as extra-time begins momentarily...

Preamble

Hello. We are gathered here today to see whether Madagascar can spring yet another wonderful surprise. The team who began this tournament ranked 108th in the world have lit up the show with a marvellous spirit, canny defending and vibrant attacking. They’ve been beautiful! Today, Tunisia stand in their way.

“It doesn’t matter who we’re up against, we’re not worried about that!” blared Malgasy midfielder Lalaina “Bolida” Nomejanahary by way of preview for this match. “We approach every game with a winning mentality.” That’s the spirit! Still, let’s remind ourselves of what Tunisia (world ranking: 25) will be bringing to this party. Far more experience than Madagascar, for a start, but also some nimble tricksters and a more open disposition than is suggested by a record of four draws from four matches so far. Youssef Msakni, Wahbi Khazri and Naim Sliti have not been at their best so far in this tournament (and Khazri and Sliti did not start the last game) but if they get it together, they could lead Madagascar on a merry dance. Both these teams are technically slick and fond of open and enterprising games so this could be a belter. Senegal will be paying close attention because they will meet the winner in the semi-final. You, too, should tune in. It’s on! At 8pm BST.

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