Senegal beat Tunisia to reach AFCON finals

Senegal celebrate

Senegal celebrate

Senegal needed an own-goal in extra time to edge Tunisia 1-0 and advance to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Hassen came flying off his goal-line to try to cut off a freekick from the right flank but completely missed the ball which then hit the unfortunate Bronn on the head.

The match which saw both sides lose penalty kick in the second half of the game, at two minutes interval.

Tunisia will feel aggrieved after referee Bamlak Tessema changed a decision to award them another penalty after consulting the Video Assistant Referee with seven minutes left of extra time.

In contrast, Tunisia were given another penalty on 115 minutes after a handball from Idrissa Gueye, but review from VAR cancelled the spot-kick as Senegal held on to claim the win for a spot in the final.

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

In an attempt to change their fortunes in the attack, Tunisia made a change at the break, as Msakni made way for Naim Sliti on the left side of the attacking area.

Nigeria were the better side in the second period for few moments, and it always looked the Algerians were the side to grab the victor.

In the 73rd minute a stinging effort from Ferjani Sassi was blocked by Senegal centre back Kalidou Koulibaly, turning his back as he slid into the path of the shot which struck him on his elbow.

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.

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