Wahbi Khazri got a penalty in the second half when Tunisia lost 1-0 to Mali in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations where referee Janny Sikazwe was in the middle of an argument.
Sikazwe awarded both teams a penalty in the second half and sent off Mali striker El Bilal Toure before scoring an angry goal at Stade Limbe.
After the first half that did not come close, Iraima Kone replaced goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said from 12 yards after Ellyes Skhiri blocked Boubakar Kouyate’s shot with his hand.
Tunisia, an African team ranked fourth in the top, has worked hard to really test Ibrahim Mounkoro in a Group F match between teams expected to advance to the top two before Gambia and Mauritania.
But the winners of the 2004 tournament were given a 16-minute chance to make a living as Sikazwe pointed again when Khazri’s ball hit Moussa Djenepo in the hand, but the Saint-Etienne striker’s penalty was blocked by Mounkoro.
After the referee’s free-kick in the 85th minute, Mali midfielder Toure was again given a straight red card for stopping Dylan Bronn late before Sikazwe paused 10 seconds before the start of the match. cooling break.