Senegal into African Cup of Nations final

July 15, 2019
Senegal’s Henri Grégoire Saivet (right) jumps for the ball with Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi (centre) during their teams’ African Cup of Nations semi-final match yesterday.
Senegal’s Henri Grégoire Saivet (right) jumps for the ball with Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi (centre) during their teams’ African Cup of Nations semi-final match yesterday.

CAIRO (AP):

Senegal and Sadio Mane are through to the African Cup of Nations final after beating Tunisia 1-0 in an extra-time thriller yesterday.

Senegal won with an own goal in the 100th minute when goalkeeper Mouez Hassen pushed a free kick on to the head of defender Dylan Bronn and the ball bounced back into the Tunisian goal.

In a game of high drama, both teams missed penalties within a few minutes of each other in regulation time at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.

Tunisia was then given another penalty late in extra time, only for referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa to check the VAR TV screen on the sidelines and dramatically reverse his decision -- to the dismay of the Tunisians.

Tunisia should have gone ahead after winning the first penalty in the 73rd, when Ferjani Sassi's shot hit the upper arm of Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly as he threw himself in the way to block it.

Sassi took the penalty himself, but it was weak, and Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis saved easily.

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