Bronn Own Goal Sends Senegal to Afcon Final

BY STEVE AYOO 

Senegal will play their first Africa Cup of Nations final since 2002 after Dylan Bronn’s own goal handed them a 1-0 victory over Tunisia in extra time.

Bronn unluckily headed into his own net a punched ball from his goalkeeper Mouez Hassen in the tenth minute of extra time to give the Teranga Lions victory after a barren stalemate in normal time.

Tunisia were handed a penalty late in second half of extra time after the ball struck Idrissa Gueye’s arm but the referee changed his decision after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Both sides missed penalties in the second half as the game grew in intensity.

Senegal should have gone to the break with a healthy lead having created the best chances. Overlapping fullback Youssouf Sabaly saw his curling effort rattle the bar while M’Baye Niang shot wide on the turn after being fed up by Mane inside the 18-yard box.

Mane also missed a glorious opportunity as he tripped when taking his shot from a tight angle after lurching on a lofted ball and rounding the keeper.

Taha Khenissi had Tunisia’s best chance of the half but he hesitated to shoot and lost possession under pressure from Cheikhou Kouyate while Youssef Msakni sent a header wide.

Tunisia emerged from the break blazing but wasted a clean chance through Ferjani Sassi who failed to beat Gomis after being put through by Wahbi Khazri. Naim Sliti also had a shot inside the box saved.

Both sides were awarded penalty opportunities to win it in normal time but missed.

Ferjani Sass’ weak effort was easily gathered by Alfred Gomis after Kalidou Koulibaly was adjudged to have blocked a shot with his arms with quarter hour to go.

With 9 minutes remaining on the clock, Henri Saivet also had his spot kick saved by Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen after a rash tackle inside the box by Dylan Bronn.

Bronn’s error would hand Senegal victory that sets them up with either Algeria or Nigeria who contest the other semifinal late Sunday night.

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