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AFCON Football Results – Tunisia vs Mali: A Tale of Two Penalties

AFCON Football Results – Tunisia vs Mali: A Tale of Two Penalties

An Africa Cup of Nations Group F fixture descended into madness as referee Zambian Sikazwe “prematurely” stopped the game thrice. Though striker Ibrahima Kone gifted Mali a 0-1 win against Tunisia by scoring a second-half penalty, it wasn’t without drama. Read about, after the other controversial chaos here in AFCON football results, Tunisia vs Mali: a tale of two penalties.

In the other Group F football match of the night, Gambia made a smashing debut by beating Mauritania 0-1 away.

This match last night was also a tale of two penalties as Mali forward Ibrahima Kone scored on a penalty. He converted his attempt from the white spot after a handball won Mali a penalty decision.

However, Tunisia also won a penalty, just 13 minutes from time. But then, Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri could not follow suit as goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro saved his effort.

AFCON Football Results – Tunisia vs Mali: A Tale of Two Penalties

After a dull first-half, Mali made a bright start to the second and after only a minute, won their penalty. Boubacar Kiki Kouyate’s shot struck the hand of Ellyes Skhiri as the Tunisia midfielder turned his back on the ball.

Kone promptly stepped up to convert the penalty and managed to give the his side the 0-1 lead.

Tunisia also earned a penalty after 77 minutes as Moussa Djenepo handled the ball in a way to warrant a foul. And indeed, after consulting VAR, Sikazwe awarded the spot-kick.

And Khazri tried to convert this penalty well, via a fierce shot. But Mounkoro beat the ball away with an excellent save.

Mali then finished the game with 10 players after a harsh red card for El Bilal Toure. What happened was that he challenged for the ball with Dylan Bronn and was fractionally late.

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