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May 26, 2022

AFCON 2021: Mauritania bow out as Tunisia close on to knockouts

By Brian Aheebwa
Tunisian players celebrate one of their four goals against Mauritania | CAF Image

A commanding 4-0 win by Tunisia over Mauritania, ensured that the latter are eliminated from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a game to go in Group F.

Capitan Wahbi Khazri netted a brace, scoring in the eighth and 63rd minute respectively, Hamza Mathlouthi and Seifeddine Jaziri also had their names on the score sheet in the third and 65th minute respectively.

It should have been five but substitute Youssef Msakni missed a penalty kick in stoppage time.

Mondher Kebaier charges’ dominant display at Limbe Stadium on Sunday, clearly portrayed that they had their controversial 1-0 loss to Mali behind their backs as they got their tournament back on and are now closer to the knockouts.

On three points, maximum points in the final game against Gambia will see the Eagles of Carthage finish in the top two in Group E or a point could also take them through as one of the four best third placed teams.

Meanwhile, that is the end of the road for Mauritania who have lost twice and sit at the base of the group pointless.

It is the second consecutive time that they are bowing out at the group stage level.

They were also eliminated from this very stage during their maiden AFCON tournament in Egypt in 2019.

Both sides were meeting for the 17th time and Mauritania continue winless. It was Tunisia’s 13th win, the other four games were stalemates.

For the closure of their Group F games, Tunisia have a huge fixture against debutants Gambia who seem to be a hard nut to crack. The Scorpions are joint top with Mali on four points, a step closer to the knockouts.

Whereas Mauritania will play Mali for formality but will be hoping to go back home with at least a point. Both games will be played on Thursday, January 20.

How both teams lined up

Tunisia: Bechir Ben Said (GK), Bilel Ifa, Montassar Omar Talb, Seif-Eddine Khaoui, Seifeddine Jaziri, Wahbi Khazri ©, Ali Maalou, Anis Ben Slimane, Ellyes Goris Skhiri, Hamza Mathlouthi, Ghaylen Chaaleli

Substitutes: Farouk Ben Mustapha (GK), Omar Rekik, Oussama Haddadi, Yoann Touzghar, , Ali Abdi, Ali Ben Romdhane, Aymen Dahmen, Hamza Rafia, Youssef Msakni, Hannibal Mejbri, Amine Ben Hamida, Ali Ejjemel, Aissa Laidouni

Mauritania: Babacar Diop (GK), Mohamed Dellahi, El Hacen Houeibib, Haruna Abdou Demba, Aly Abeid, Oumar Camara, Almike N’Diaye, Idrissa Thiam, Aboubakar Kamara, Gussouma Fofana

Substitute: Mbacke Ndiaye, Souleymane Karamoko, Abdoul Ba, Hemeya Tanjy, Diadie Diarra, Souleymane Doukara, Bodda Mouhsine, Houssen Abderrahmane, Mouhamed Souedi, Sadi Yacoub, Pape Ba

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