Photo: CAF Online
Senegal’s national soccer team at the AFCON (file photo)
By Esther Rose
Cape Town — Senegal’s Lions of Teranga as well as Tunisia’s Eagles of Carthage played a scintillating game of football worthy of a semi-final match where fans endured some tense moments as their teams were awarded penalties – saved by their goalies Mouez Hassen (Tunisia) as well as Alfred Gomis (Senegal).
The match went into extra time, 15 minutes a side. Several attempts were made at goal with some exciting play by both sides.
A Senegal free kick saw goalie Hassen attempt to clear the ball which bounced off defender Dylan Bronn, causing the ball to enter the goal mouth without a challenge as well as Tunisia saw their AFCON dreams fade away.
The rollercoaster continued for Tunisia within the 73rd minute as they appealed for what was deemed a handball by Kalidou Koulibaly. Tunisia fans were on their feet, ecstatic at This particular last chance although referee Bamlak Tessema consulted the VAR system implemented for the tournament as well as ruled in which the player was moving away, deciding against the penalty as well as Tunisia fans were silenced.
Senegal – 1 Tunisia 0