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Tunisia 1-1 Mali: Rafia’s equaliser blow Group E wide open

Tunisia earned their first point at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after a draw against Mali on Saturday night.

2004 champion Tunisia kept their hopes of reaching the last 16 round alive with a 1-1 draw against Mali at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Saturday. Tunisia have never lost their opening two Africa Cup of Nations matches in 21 appearances at the finals.

Mali is on the brink of reaching the last 16 after getting four points after two matches, while Mali has one point. Namibia is in second place in Group E with three points after one match. South Africa is without a point ahead of their second game against Namibia in Korhogo on Sunday.

Mali opened the scoring in the 10th minute through Lassine Sinayoko, but Hamza Rafia’s equaliser in the 20th minute secured one point for Tunisia.

Sinayoko scored from the left with his shot going in off the inside of the post, while Rafia scored from Ali Abdi’s cross.

Just minutes after Rafia’s goal, Mali could score another goal, but Kamory Doumbia sent his shot narrowly wide.

With the top two teams in each group, plus the four best third-placed finishers, advancing to the last 16, Mali is almost certain to secure a place in the next round. However, Tunisia will likely need to beat South Africa on Wednesday to stand any chance of qualifying.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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