Tunisia end Madagascar's fairy-tale run

Tunisia qualified for the semi-finals of the Africa Cup Of Nations with a 3-0 victory over Madagascar at the Cairo Military Production Stadium.

The islanders made only one change from their victory over Democratic Republic Of Congo in the last 16, as influential midfielder Marco IIaimaharitra came back from suspension, while the North African side also welcomed back their talisman Wabhi Khazri to the line-up.

The Carthage Eagles had the first clear chance to go ahead in the 14th minute after Ferjani Sassi was given space inside the box, but his curling shot missed a little over the top corner.

The sides continued to go at each other at every opportunity they got going forward and Tunisia came the closest again to going ahead in the 32nd minute, as Khazri's dipping free-kick was tipped over the bar but shot-stopper Melvin Adrien.

Alain Giresse’s charges had the upper hand in the closing phase of the first stanza, but were unable to convert their opportunities, which saw the sides enter the break the all square.

Khazri thought he had broke the deadlock for Tunisia a minute inside the second stanza, after going through on the right side of the box before firing past Adrien, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

However, the Carthage Eagles finally found the breakthrough six minutes later as Sassi’s strike took a nasty deflection off the backside of Thomas Fontaine and wrong-footed Adrien.

Tunisia doubled their lead on the hour-mark through Youssef Msakni’s close range strike at the near post after Adrien spilled Khazri’s initial strike on his path..

The Malagasy outfit were trying their luck to get back to the game with long range strikes in the closing stages but they were not accurate enough and they lacked the momentum to create clear chances.

Naim Sliti eventually rounded off the scoring for Tunisia deep in stoppage time with an easy finish past the helpless Adrien following a quick counter-attack as the North Africans will now face Senegal in the semi-finals.

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