Tunisia has secured its spot in the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Finals after disposing of Zimbabwe 4-2 overnight.
Tunisia was rarely stretched by the minnows and went into the half time break with a comfortable 4-1 lead.
Knowing that a loss coupled with a Algeria win could knock it out of second place, Tunisia hit the ground running and was merciless in attacking the back four of the Zimbabwean’s.
It hit the lead on nine minutes through Naim Sliti after a deflected corner found its way into the path of the Lille midfielder whose deflected shot rolled into the net.
The original corner was headed out by the Zimbabwe defence, but only as far as Sliti who lashed home a strong drive tat took a deflection en-route to the goal
Ten minutes later some sublime passing between the eventual goal scorer and Youseef Mskani and Sliti led to the former hitting a lovely low drive through the legs of Zimbabwe keeper Tatenda Mukuruva. The play had Tunisia fans in raptures and they showed their appreciation in the stands.
Tunisia wasn’t done in the first half as it would add a further two goals before the half-time whistle was blown.
First, Taha Khenissi finished beautifully after a crisp and concise pass from right-back Hamdi Nagguez.
The defender showed his ability outwide stretching the Zimbabwe defence before dissecting the defence with an accurate pass. Khenissi didn’t need any second invitations and drove the ball past a helpless Mukuruva as Tunisia raced away to a 3-0 lead.
Zimbabwe momentarily got itself back in the contest three minutes before the interval when Knowledge Musona knocked home a goal after some good passing but it was soon cancelled out by Wahbi Khazri penalty.
Both teams became wasteful in the second half but Zimbabwe did have something to cheer about when Tendai Ndoro scored a brilliant goal after Zimbabwe had caught the Tunisian’s napping on the counter attack.
Khenissi had the North African nation’s best opportunity of the second stanza, but hit his shot at the woodwork and was denied.
In truth, Khenissi had been one of Tunisia’s best all evening and could be forgiven for not scoring. His dinking runs and acceleration had the Zimbabwe side troubled all night.
Tunisia’s win secured second place in Group B after Senegal secured a draw with Algeria in the other Group B fixture.
It will face off against the impressive Burkina Faso who topped Group A standings.