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Tunisia ease past Mauritania to seal progression

Tunisia Mauritania

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defeated 2-1 in Rades to progress to the third and final round of 2018 World Cup qualification.

Despite going into the match with duo Ayman Abdennour (Valencia) and Jamel Saihi (Montpellier) both injuried, Tunisia claimed a win over the opposition in an exciting encounter.

Tunisia opened the scoring 6 minutes into the second half, with Syam Ben Youssef planting a header from a delightful set-piece past a stranded Mauritania goalkeeper.

Mauritania bounced back in the 72nd minute after a great team move that was finished off by star player Moulay Ahmed Khalil, but Les Mourabitones still needed two more goals to qualify.

Tunisia would go on to win what proved to be an entertaining match; with five minutes to go, an audacious free-kick from Saad Bguir rippled the net, as the home fans erupted into celebration. After their 1-2 win in Mauritania at the weekend, the result means tonight’s hosts progress after winning 4-2 on aggregate.

The Carthage Eagles join fellow north Africans Libya, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria in the final round of World Cup qualifying, with group stage matches set to commence in October 2016.

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