Tunisia humiliate Warriors – DailyNews Live

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\n HARARE – Zimbabwe was knocked out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in the group stages after last night’s humiliating 4-2 defeat to Tunisia at the Stade de L’Amitie in the Gabon.

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\n The Carthage Eagles taught the Warriors as Youssef Msakni ran rings round the Warriors defenders throughout the 90 minutes.

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\n Kalisto Pasuwa’s side needed a win outright from last night’s match having already draw 2-2 with Algeria and lost 2-0 to Senegal in their previous Group B matches.

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\n However, the Warriors shipped in four goals in the opening half which left them with a tall order to get something out of the match. 

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\n The Carthage Eagles opened the scoring as early as the 10th minute when Naim Sliti shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off Elisha Muroiwa to deceive Warriors goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva.

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\n Zimbabwe’s players reacted slowly to rush out of their box after having defended a Tunisia corner and Sliti had all the time to shoot at goal through a forest crowded of legs from the edge of the box.

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\n Unfortunately for the Warriors the shot struck Muroiwa’s knee and the slight deflection took Mkuruva out of the picture.

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\n The Warriors looked disjointed in those early minutes especially at the back as they never looked assured every time Tunisia attacked.

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\n Msakni increased the Carthage Eagles’ lead in the 22nd minute after exchanging passes with Sliti before firing his shot through Mkuruva’s legs.

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\n It was a moment of magic from Qatar-based forward as he glided into the Warriors box as if there were no defenders.

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\n Moments later the Carthage Eagles had the ball in the back of the net but Khazri’s effort was correctly ruled out for offside after Msakni’s shot had struck the upright.

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\n The Warriors first real chance in the opening half came in the 33rd minute when Knowledge Musona cut in from the right before firing in a left-footed shot that was parried for a corner by the Carthage Eagles goalkeeper Rami Jridi.

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\n Nine minutes from the break, the North Africans were three goals to the good after a tidy finish by Taha Yassine Khenissi inside the box.

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\n Tunisia full back Hamdi Nagguez played in a Khenissi with an intelligent through ball behind the Zimbabwe line.

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\n Muroiwa failed to put any pressure on the Tunisia forward, who simply produced a poachers finish to beat Mkuruva at his near post. 

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\n Musona gave Zimbabwe some hope two minutes before the break when he lashed home a face saver for the Warriors.

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\n It was a brilliant individual finish by the KV Oostende forward as he beat two players on the right before firing in at the far post to beat Jridi.

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\n When there looked like a silver lining was on the horizon, Tunisia were awarded a penalty a minute after Musona’s goal when Costa Nhamoinesu pulled down Sliti inside the box.

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\n Khazri made no mistake from 12 yards out despite Mkuruva’s going the right direction. The Dynamos goalkeeper was simply beaten by the pace of the spot kick. 

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\n At the start of the second half, Warriors coach pulled out Danny Phiri and replaced him with Tendai Ndoro.

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\n The Orlando Pirates forward made an instant impact when he linked up with Marvelous Nakamba, Khama Billiat and Musona before toe-pocking past Jridi in the 58th minute.

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\n It was a swift counter attack by Zimbabwe as Nakamba won possession in his own half before linking up with Billiat as the Warriors broke with pace.

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\n In the end, Musona provided the assist as he fed in an on rushing Ndoro, who shrugged of the challenge of Ali Maaloul to reduce the deficit.

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\n There were no more goals after that but Mkuruva was called into make some important saves as Tunisia continued to push forward.

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\n Zimbabwe: Tatenda Mkuruva, Costa Nhamoinesu, Danny Phiri (Tendai Ndoro 46min), Hardlife Zvirekwi, Elisha Muroiwa, Onismor Bhasera, Willard Katsande, Marvelous Nakamba, Knowledge Musona (Kuda Mahachi 89min), Khama Billiat, Nyasha Mushekwi.

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\n Tunisia: Rami Jridi, Siam Ben Youssef, Aymen Abdennour, Yousesf Msakni, Wahbi Khazri, Taha Yassine Khenissi, Ali Maaloul, Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Hamdi Nagguez, Naim Sliti

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