African Nations Cup

January 30, 2013

Full-time

Togo

1 - 1

Tunisia

Group D

17:00 +00:00, January 30, 2013

Mbombela Stadium

Referee: Daniel Bennett

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#INSERT type:image caption:Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates after helping Togo qualify for the next round END#

Togo booked their place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup for the first time after battling for a point in a controversial encounter with Tunisia in Nelspruit.

English-born South African referee Daniel Bennett took centre stage in a contest that saw two soft penalties awarded to Tunisia as Togo twice saw strong spot-kick claims for turned down.

Khaled Mouelhi went from hero to villain for Tunisia, scoring their goal from the penalty spot in the 30th minute to cancel out Serge Gakpe's opener, only to hit the post when gifted another opportunity from 12 yards after the break.

Togo were incensed by the referee's decisions and will feel justice was done, with the point sufficient for them to book a meeting with Burkina Faso in the last eight.

Togo, who came into the final round of Group D matches on level with Tunisia on three points after defeat to Ivory Coast in their opening game was followed by a 2-0 win over Algeria, took the lead in the 13th minute.

Emmanuel Adebayor created the goal, the Tottenham attacker running unchallenged from halfway and slotting the ball behind the defence for Gakpe who finished first time into the right corner.

Tunisia equalised from a penalty awarded just before the half-hour when Dare Nibombe was harshly ruled to have pulled down Walid Hichri as they challenged at a corner, and Mouelhi stepped up confidently to dispatch the spot-kick.

Togo had their first penalty appeal turned down when Adebayor got in behind the defence in the 58th minute and went down under under the challenge of Hichri, who got nothing of the ball.

And with 20 minutes remaining Adebayor was brought down in the area by Tunisia goalkeeper Ben Cherifa but again referee Bennett was unmoved.

Togo's exasperation peaked with 12 minutes remaining as Saber Khelifa ran in behind Nibombe and went to ground under minimal contact, with three Togo players - Jonathan Ayite, Adebayor and goalkeeper Kossi Agassa - booked for their reactions to the decision to award a penalty.

However, justice was served, in Togo's eyes at least, when Mouelhi tried to put his penalty in the opposite corner to his first but saw the ball come back off the post.

Tunisia might still have won it had Fakhreddine Ben Youssef managed to turn the ball home from almost on the goalline following a scramble in the final minute, but Agassa made an instinctive save with his feet to seal Togo's passage to the last eight.

Scoring Summary

Togo Tunisia
Serge Gakpe (13')Khaled Mouelhi (pen 30')
 Khaled Mouelhi (pen miss 78')

Teams

Togo Tunisia
16 Kossi Agassa22 Moez Ben Cherifia
Dare Nibombe3 Walid Hichri
Serge Akakpo12 Khalil Chammam
Abdoul-Gafar Mamah20 Aymen Abdennour
9 Vincent Bossou14 Mejdi Traoui
21 Dakonam DjeneChadi Hammami
15 Alaixys Romao21 Khaled Mouelhi
Komlan Amewou10 Oussama Darragi
10 Floyd Ayite23 Wahbi Khazri
Emmanuel AdebayorYoussef Msakni
17 Serge Gakpe19 Saber Khelifa
Substitutes
1 Mawugbe AtsuAymen Mathlouthi 16
23 Baba TchagouniFarouk Ben Mustapha 1
13 Ouro SadateAnis Boussaidi 18
20 Donou KokouFateh Gharbi 6
19 Ametepe KodjoBilel Ifa 2
Moustapha SalifouChamseddine Dhaouadi  5
12 Sapol ManiWissem Ben Yahia 13
3 Dove WomeHatten Baratli 4
14 Kossi Prince SegbefiaIssam Jemaa 17
11 Jonathan AyiteHamdi Harbaoui 9
22 Kalen DamessiZouheir Dhaouadi 15
18 Placca Euloge FessouFakhreddine Ben Youssef 11
Substitutions
Jonathan Ayite for Serge Gakpe (75)
Zouheir Dhaouadi for Wahbi Khazri (62)
Ouro Sadate for Floyd Ayite (88)
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef for Mejdi Traoui (87)
Dove Wome for Emmanuel Adebayor (90)
 
Yellow Cards
Serge Gakpe (57)
Khaled Mouelhi (12)
Dare Nibombe (65)
Youssef Msakni (39)
Jonathan Ayite (76)
Wahbi Khazri (52)
Emmanuel Adebayor (76)
 
Kossi Agassa (77)
 
Floyd Ayite (86)
 
· Squads: Togo | Tunisia