Kone's penalty gives Mali edge over Tunisia


Ibrahima Kone scored Mali's only goal from the penalty spot

Ibrahima Kone scored a penalty as Mali beat Tunisia 1-0 to claim all three points in Group F opener on Wednesday.

Mali got a penalty on 48 minutes and Kone won the battle of wills and sent an unstoppable penalty past Bechir Ben Said into right side of the goal.

Tunisia got a life-line to equalise on 77 minutes from the penalty spot, but the Malian goalkeeper saved the ball.

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Wahbi Khazri sent the penalty towards the left hand side of the goal, but Ibrahim Mounkoro pulled off a wonderful save to deny him.

Earlier, Khazri fired the resulting free kick towards the roof of the net from the edge of the box, but Mounkoro pulled off a superb save to deny him.

On 87 minutes, El Bilal Toure was sent off by the referee for a dangerous challenge on a Tunisian player.


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