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Dylan Bronn own goal sends Senegal into the AFCON final

Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations title. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

AFCON 2019

Senegal 1-0 Tunisia

Cairo International Stadium, Cairo

Sunday, 14-07-2019

Dylan Bronn own goal in extra time handed Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in a dramatic Africa Cup of finals semifinal on Sunday evening.

Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Hassen made a horrible mistake in the 100th minute that saw the ball bounce off the head of defender Bronn and into his own net.

Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi and Senegal’s Henri Saivet had second half penalties saved.

In the first period, Aliou Cisse’s side created the better chances with star man Sadio Mane and Youssouf Sabaly all guilty for missing golden scoring opportunities

Sabaly was unlucky not to hit the target in the 26th as his delightful effort from about 20 yards out kissed the woodwork.

In the 38th minute, Mane also a had a decent chance when he rounded Tunisia custodian Hassen at a tight angle but screwed his shot wide. At halftime it was goalless.

With 15 minutes to normal time, the 2004 champions were awarded a penalty when Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly dived into Sassi’s powerful shoot but the ball hit his arm.

Sassi stepped up but his weak kick was comfortably saved by Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis.

Five minutes later, Senegal were also awarded a penalty when Bronn fouled Ismaila Sarr inside the box. Newcastle midfielder Saviet’s kick was saved by Hassen.

Senegal broke the deadlock in the first period of extra time as Bronn scored an own goal.

Deep in extra time, the referee awarded Tunisia a penalty when Salif Sane headed a cross off Idrissa Gueye’s arm. Two minutes after giving the penalty, the referee overturned it after a VAR check.

Senegal will be without Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the final through suspension.

The Lions of Teranga who were runners up 17 years ago, will be seeking for their first ever Cup of Nations title and will face either Algeria or Nigeria in the final on Friday 19th July at Cairo International Stadium

The other semi final

-Algeria vs Nigeria @10pm

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