Preview - Madagascar vs Tunisia 12 July 19

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African Cup Of Nations Quarter Final
Madagascar vs. Tunisia
Friday, July 12th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Al-Salam Stadium

Last five matches form: L D W W W
Average goals per match (ACN): 1.75
Average goals against per match (ACN): 1.00
Top Scorer (ACN): Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (2)

Last five matches form: W D D D W
Average goals per match (ACN): 0.75
Average goals against per match (ACN): 0.75
Top Scorer (ACN): Taha Khenissi, Wahbi Khazri & Youssef Msakni (1)

The last of the quarter final match ups in this year's African Cup Of Nations sees surprise package Madagascar take on Tunisia in Cairo, with a place in the last four on offer to the winner.

This will be just the third international meeting between these two side. Tunisia have bossed the fixture so far in winning each of the two previous encounters. With the most recent of those fixtures having come back in 2001 though, it doesn't bear much relevance to the outcome of this game.

No injury absentees reported for either side in this one. Marco Ilaimaharitra returns from suspension for Madagascar, whilst Tunisia's star man Wahbi Khazri looks to have shaken off a muscle complaint.

It is Tunisia who are most people's idea of the favourites for this game. They have hardly lit up the tournament to date though, and indeed have made it this far without having won any of their games inside ninety minutes - drawing all three Group games and needing a penalty shootout to get past Ghana in the last 16.

Madagascar have arguably been more impressive, particularly in their Group phase win over Nigeria. They also went to the wire in the Last 16 though in seeing off DR Congo on penalties.

Madagascar have performed with great credit to date, but we fancy this may well be the end of the road as they come up against a team ranked more than 80 spots above them in the FIFA World rankings

Prediction: Madagascar 1 - 3 Tunisia


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  5 - 14
Shots on target: 2 - 7
Corner Kicks: 1 - 5
Possession: 45% - 55%

Just the one booking in this one with referee Neant Alioum talking the name of Anicet Abel of Madagascar.

This always looked like being a tall order for Madagascar, with the FIFA rankings suggesting there is a significant gulf between the sides. Madagascar certainly weren't disgraced and indeed were right in this game at half time. In the end though Tunisia did make that additional quality tell to run away with it in the second half.

Not too much in the way of clear opportunities in the first half, Wahbi Khazri just about going closest with a free kick which forced a decent stop from Melvin Adrien. 0-0 at the break.

Just seven minutes into the second half Tunisia took the lead in slightly fortuitous circumstances. Ferjani Sassi teed up outside the area and firing on goal. There didn't look to be too much danger until the strike struck Thomas Fontaine on the backside, wrong-footing the keeper and going in to the left hand side.

Eight minutes later it was two. Khazri found on the edge of the area and firing towards the bottom left. Adrien made the save but Youssef Msakni was onto the rebound to control inside and finish into the bottom left from eight yards or so.

Three minutes into stoppage time Tunisia rubbed salt into the wound. With the Madagascan players piled forward for a corner, Tunisia quickly hit on the counter. Khazri taking the ball to the edge of the area before playing in Naim Sliti to his right. Sliti applying the dinked finish into the bottom left from around 12 yards. 0-3 it finished, Tunisia through to the semi-finals.

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