Tunisia penalty beats Libya

Wahbi Khazri scored the only goal of the game as Tunisia beat 10-man Libya 1-0 in a 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier at the Omar Hamadi Stadium in Algiers on Friday evening.

Due to on-going political turmoil within the country, the clash which would have probably taken place in Tripoli, under normal circumstances, was moved to neighbouring Algeria as Liberia continued to play their 'home matches' on foreign soil - as has been the case over the past four years.

Having trounced Guinea 2-0 in their opening Group A encounter, the Carthage Eagles subsequently move three points clear of second placed Democratic Republic of Congo who are away in Conakry on Sunday.

Following a rather cagey opening stanza, the only goal of the game would finally come five minutes after the break.

Ali Salama not only conceding a penalty, but receiving his marching orders as the Mediterranean Knights were reduced to 10-men.

Sunderland midfielder, Khazri, duly stepped up and converted a from 12 yards despite Muhammad Nashnoush getting fingertips to the ball.

Khazri had a chance double the visitors lead soon after, but he fluffed his lines as Libya's defence continued to remain resolute despite being a man short.

In the end, Tunisia had done just about enough to secure all three points as theynow set themselves for home and away fixtures against the Leopards in the New Year.

Libya: Nashnoush; Salama, Mounir (Khamaj 74'), Fetori, Gamal, Benali (Tabal 59'), Sabbou, El Masrati, Al Masri, Al-Warfali, Saltou (Zubya 62')

Tunisia: Mathlouthi; Abdennour, Maaloul, Dhaouadi, Mohsni, Nagguez, Khazri (Bguir 83'), Sassi, Ben Amor, Ben-Hatira (Sliti 46'), Khenissi (Harbaoui 90+2')

 

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