Togo 1-1 Tunisia (As it happened; Minute by minutes)




                 TOGO 1 – 1 TUNISIA

90+5′: FULL-TIME: Togo 1-1 Tunisia

90+4′ Hammami tries to go all the way but his shot isn’t very powerful and it goes wide.

90+3′ Adebayor gets passed two players on the left and tries to find Ayite in the penalty area but his pass gets blocked.

90min: Some great goalkeeping from Agassa there as he comes out to stop Ben Youssef from getting a shot in.

89MIN: That was close! A Tunisia corner kick is fired into the box and Agassa comes out from his line to punch away but he misses it completely. Luckily for him, so do the Tunisian players.

88 minSUBSTITUTION Floyd Ayite comes off the field in place of Ouro Akoriko.
88 minAdebayor’s not happy with that! Ayite gets the ball down the left-hand side but instead of crossing into the fee of the Spurs forward, he tries a shot from an unlikely angle.
87 minSUBSTITUTION Ben Youssef comes on for Tunisia while Traoui gets taken off.
85 minA long clearance from the keeper almost finds Adebayor but Ben Cherifia manages to get to the ball first and dispel the danger.
85 minBOOKING! The ref is enjoying getting his yellow cards out! Now Floyd Ayite has been cautioned for a foul.
84 minAdebayor tries to flick the ball behind him for Ayite but he fails to get on the end of it and Tunisia can build again.
82 minIt’s all in Togo’s half at the minute but the men in yellow are doing enough to hold off the Tunisians.
82 minFloyd Ayite gets the ball at the other end but a sliding challenge from Abdennour puts the forward off and he blazes his shot over the bar.

80‘: Chammam storms down the left-hand side but the ball runs away from him and he fails to get a cross in.

79’ What a dramatic few minutes! As it stands though, Togo will be going through to the final eight and Tunisia will be out.

78 minBOOKINGS! In the time just before the penalty kick was taken, the ref issued three yellow cards to Togo players. Jonathan Ayite and Adebayor were cautioned for dissent, while Agassa also went into the book.
76 minHITS THE POST Drama! Mouelhi, who already converted a penalty in the first half, took a hesitant run up and tried to place it in the net but as it swerves up to the right-hand corner, it hits the post and bounces out.
75 minPENALTY! Wow. Tunisia get a penalty after Khlifa goes down from a slight challenge from Nibombe, but replays have shown that it was a dive from the Tunisian.

74min: SUBSTITUTION Togo make their first change as Gakpe makes way for Ayite’s brother Jonathan.

73 minAt the other end, Daragi tries an ambitious shot from far out but it just edges over the top of the crossbar.
72 minIt’s clear that Adebayor played for the penalty as replays show that he was already falling down towards the keeper as he moved the ball out wide but the letter of the law says that it’s a penalty.
70 minOh dear, Togo are furious after not being awarded a penalty. Adebayor is clear on goal and as he shifts the ball out to the right to go past the keeper, Ben Cherifia brings down the Spurs forward, but the ref awards a corner…. It was a definite penalty.
69 minHIT THE BAR! Togo are so close to taking the lead! A wonderful through-ball from Mouelhi finds the feet of Ayite, who crosses to Adebayor’s head but his chance rattles on the top of the crossbar.
68 minTogo have the chance to launch an attack after getting a free kick, which Akakpo launches into the box but nobody finds the end of it.

67min: Tunisia are applying plenty of pressure on Togo and the men in yellow are defending in numbers but Tunisia are unable to break through to snatch a second goal.

65min: SAVE! Daragi takes the free kick and he tries to curl it into the back of the net but the keeper gets hands to it to push it away from goal.

64min: BOOKING! Oh dear, the ref has it all wrong here. He books Nibombe for the foul when it was Akakpo who brought him down..

63min: Tunisia get a free kick just on the edge of the penalty area after he’s pulled down by Akakpo.

CHANCE! Some lovely skill from Adebayor! Th Spurs man snatches possession from Tunisia and dinks past his man to play the ball into Amewou’s feet but his teammate fails to compose himself and fails to get a decent stab at it. The chance goes missing.


61min: SUBSTITUTION Tunisia make the first change of the match by bringing on Dhaouadi for Khazri.

60min: Msakni tries another surging run towards the box but the ball runs away from him and he gives it away to Togo.

59min: Ben Cherifia comes under pressure from the Togo forwards and messes up his clearance by hitting it out of play. While Tunisia have been more in control, Togo look like a threat on the break.

57min: CHANCE! At the other end, Aykite storms down the middle with nothing between him and the goalkeeper but he takes too long to take the shot, which allows Abdennour to get in front of him and clear the ball.

56min: Mksani finds plenty of space just outside the 18-yard box and instead of surging towards goal, who plays the ball out wide to the oncoming Khlifa but the midfielder is wrongly called offside.

55min: Mksani finds himself out wide on the left and he gets a long cross into the box trying to find Daragi but it goes just beyond him.

54min: Adebayor is penalised once again in the penalty area after he slips offside when a free kick is taken. The Spurs forward hasn’t been his influential self as yet.

53min: It seems as though Togo’s game plan are to sit and play out the draw as they are already through, and wait for the chance to break. It’s a risky move thou

52min: Tunisia have started the second half as they finished it. They’re probing more than their opponents but they will feel aggrieved for not being given a penalty.

51min: BOOKING! Khazri gets a caution for arguing Tunisia’s case to the referee.

49min: A penalty shout from Tunisia as Daragi is caught in the box by Boussou. The Tunisian gets just ahead of his opponent and Boussou catches the midfielder from behind. It should have been a penalty!

49Min: It gets fired in but Khlifa manages to get to it before any yellow shirts and clears the danger.

48min: Ayite skips past Chammam with some trickery and storms down the right-hand side but Chammam recovers to give away a corner.

47min: Adebayor gets penalised for a high foot in the 18-yard box, which allows Tunisia to build from the back again.

46min: The ball hasn’t quite settled as yet as both teams are booting it up in the air. Both sides are just trying to find their rhythms again.

45min: There’s a tussle in the middle of the field between Daragi and Ayite but the Tunisian gets a free kick from a challenge from Ayite.

45min: The teams are back out and Tunisia get us underway!

45 min: HALF-TIME: Togo 1-1 Tunisia

45min: Hammami gets a searching cross into the box, which finds Chammam, who knocks it back to Khlifa, who completes the return pass and Chammam’s volley shot is blocked.

44min: Ayite manages to get the cross in from the right-hand side in search of Adebayor but his ball is blocked.

43min: Ayite whips the shot it but it gets cleared by the head of Daragi for a throw-in.

41min: Khlifa wins a corner for Tunisia after a surging run from the left and they have a chance to try to force through a second goal just before half-time…

40 minTogo have slightly lost their grasp on this game at the moment. Since Tunisia’s equaliser they’ve been knocked off their rhythm and we’ve hardly seen anything from Adebayor in the last 10 minutes or so.
39 minBOOKING! Msakni goes into the referee’s book for a foul on Amewou.
38 minAbdennour once again opts for the long ball in his own half, with Khazri on the right in mind but it’s hit too hard and goes out of play.
37 minDaragi crosses the ball into the penalty area to find the head of Khazri but his move inside is wrongly timed and he gets called offside.
36 minAt the other end, Romao tries to take the lead for Togo by taking a clean shot from far out but it just flies over the top of the crossbar.
35 minLooking back at the replays of the penalty offence, you’d have to say that Hichri went down very easily from a slight push in the back. Sometimes they’re given, sometimes not!
34 minDaragi drives down the left-hand side of the box but the ball just runs away from him and goes out of play.
32 minBen Cherifia is forced to come off his line to snatch the ball after it bounces just in front of Ayite, but the keeper times his move well and clears the danger.
31 minTogo are trying to settle things down here by knocking the ball around midfield but as it stands, the Hawks still go through due to their superior goal difference. However, if Tunisia get a second goal, that all changes!
30 minGame on! Mouelhi eases the ball into the bottom left corner of the net with a cool finish. Agassa went the right way but it just drifts pass his fingertips.
29 minGOAL! Togo 1-1 Tunisia (Mouelhi)
29 minPENALTY! Well, the tables have turned! Tunisia get a penalty due to a push from Nibome on Hichri.
28 minDaragi tries to run the ball through the middle of the park but Mamah stands firm and blocks his path.
27 minDakonam gets a throw-in for Togo and he aims for the box but it’s forced out by the Tunisia defence.
25 minKhazri takes it and while his shot gets past the wall, the ball loses its momentum when it bounces twice and the keeper gathers.
24 minTunisia are given time to knock the ball back and forth in their own half but they are struggling to penetrate Togo’s line although not they have a free kick opportunity just outside of the area. Let’s see if they can make anything from this…
22 minKhlifa gets away from Bossou on the edge of the area but the Tunisian gets penalised for a push on his opponent. It was an unfortunate decision against Khlifa as replays show that contact was minimal.
21 minKhlifa gets the ball out wide and manages to come inside to thread the ball through with Msakni in mind but Togo defend in numbers.
20 minMISS! Adebayor was close to making it 2-0 for Togo after playing the ball out wide to Ayite, who stormed down the right flank to get the cross into the penalty area. The Spurs forward finds the end of the cross and launches the ball towards the back of the net but it just goes wide.
19 minAdebayor lays the ball off Gakpe, who tries the return pass but the Tottenham Hotspur forward is flagged offside.
18 minIt’s another long ball attempt from Tunisia, but there’s nobody there to pick it up and Togo regain possession.
16 minCHANCE! At the other end Msakni had a great chance to test the keeper. He picks the ball up in midfield and finds space to storm to the edge of the penalty area to set up a shot. He hits the ball but the pressure is far too late and it’s an easy collect for the keeper. He should have blasted it!
15 minTogo look in control here as Mamah and Amewou try to launch a play down the right-hand side but the ball gets knocked out of play.
14 minThe Hawks have taken the lead but replays indicate that it should never have stood in the first place. Gakpe was offside when he received the ball from Adebayor but the linesman missed it!
13 minTogo have drawn first blood! Adebayor snatches the ball just above the halfway line and slides it into the path of Gakpe, who gets ahead of the defender and shoots into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
12 minGOAL! Togo 1-0 Tunisia (Gakpe)

11min: BOOKING! It’s an early yellow card for Tunisia and it was a correct decision as Mouelhi commits a lunging challenge.

10min: Tunisia are able to breathe again and they try to launch an attack from the back.

9min: CHANCE! Gakpe drives down the right and pulls away from his defender to get a decent cross into the box. The ball bounces around in the area and falls to Adebayor, who tries to swerve the ball into the back of the net with a low ball but it drifts out wide.

8min: Chammam brings down Ayite with a late challenge and gets penalised for it. Togo are always pressing when Tunisia have the ball.

 7min: Despite Tunisia’s positive start, their back line was very easily pulled apart there. Togo will be hoping to exploit that over the course of the game.

5min: Almost a chance there! Gakpe gets a fluid through-ball into space in the final third. He manages to get his cross into box to find Ayite, but the defender does enough to knock the ball out for a corner, which comes to nothing.

4min: Abdennour gets charged down by Romao in his own half but as the Togolese midfielder tries to latch onto the ball, he fouls Abdennour.

3min: Tunisia are seeing most of the possession in these early stages as Hichri tries a searching ball up top but Togo are able to clear.

1min: Tunisia try a long-ball attempt to find the feet of Gakpe but he knocks it too far and it goes out of play.

1min: Both teams try to find their feet in these first few minutes and it will be interesting to see how the players deal with this dry pitch.

0min: And we’re off! Togo get us underway, kicking from left to right…

4.57min: The teams are getting in position and we’ll be shortly underway, here in Nelspruit.


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