Favourites Algeria could find themselves out of the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations Afcon after they lost 2-1 to Tunisia in a Group B game played at the Stade de la Renovation in Franceville.
Tunisia's Wahbi Khazri breaks through against Algeria.
Favourites Algeria could find themselves out of the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after they lost 2-1 to Tunisia in a Group B game played at the Stade de la Renovation in Franceville.
African player of the year 2016 Riyad Karim Mahrez had the best chance for Algeria in the 24th minute, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi.
After 50 minutes Tunisia benefited from an own goal by Algerian captain Aissa Mandi who deflected a Youssef Msakni shot.
The Algerian team led by Mahrez and Yacine Eddine Brahimi at the front tried to press for a goal, but failed to break the Tunisian back-line. Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam later brought down Wahbi Khazri in the box after 64 minutes and the referee made no mistake awarding a penalty.
Sliti Naim made not mistake sending goalkeeper Malek Asselah the wrong way from the spot. Later Algeria's Islam Slimani had his clear shot at goal parried away by the Tunisian goalkeeper Mathlouthi before he was replaced injured.
The Algerians later pressed and pulled one back through Sofiane Hanni in the 90th minute when he placed the ball past substitute Tunisian goalkeeper Rami Jeridi.”We are happy with the win after losing the opening game to Senegal,” Tunisia's coach Henri Kasperczak said after the match.
The loss places Algeria in a tricky position if they hope to qualify for the knock out stage since they also drew 2-2 with Zimbabwe in their opening match last weekend. In the second game Senegal beat Zimbabwe 2-0 to become the first team to qualify for the quarter final stage.