REPORT: Tunisia 1 Cape Verde 1
Heldon Ramos equalised for Cape Verde from the penalty spot and salvaged a point against Tunisia in the second match in Group B in their Africa Cup of Nations opener.
Mohamed Ali Moncer put the North Africans ahead in the 70 minutes when Ali Maaloul played in a great ball across the face of Tunisia’s goal.
Cape Verde started the tie the bright side as Fernando Varela’s header brushed the upright from a good free kick in the second minutes.
Tunisia had their share of the chances as Ahmed Akaichi’s good header was well saved by Vozinha.
Cape Verde continued with all the pressure in the first half and Kuca’s well struck shot met the good hands of Aymen Mathlouthi.
With the first half played at such a frenetic pace, it was little surprise that Cape Verde will dropped the tempo after the break.
Tunisia’s almost took the lead just after the hour when Mohamed Ali Manser headed against the crossbar and, although Yassine Chikhaoui bundled in the rebound, referee Eric Otogo-Castane adjudged there to have been a foul on the goalkeeper.
The game became more stretched as Tunisia enjoyed most of the possessions and the pressure finally paid off in the 70 minutes when Ali Moncer smashed into the net after a great cross from Ali Maaloul.
In the 78 minutes, Cape Verde got the equaliser when Heldon tucked away the penalty, having been felled by Ben Youssef inside the area.
The result means either of Group B’s teams can take control of the pool. All teams with a point apiece.