An own goal by Amir Bensebaini and Naim Sliti in the second half was enough for Tunisia to beat Algeria 2-1 in their Group B Day 2 clash on Thursday in Franceville.
Substitute Sofiane Hanni pulled one back for Algeria in the dying minutes but it was little late as ‘Les Fennecs’ remain without a win at the tournament.
The victory serves a huge boost for the Tunisians, who succumbed to a 0-2 loss to Senegal in the Group B opener last Sunday at the same venue. The Carthage Eagles have three points from two games whilst Algeria has just a point from same number of matches.
unedjah and substitute Sofiane Hanni saw Tunisian defender Ayman Abdennour intercepting Slimani’s goalbound shot.
With four minutes remaining, Tunisian goalie Mathlouti was pulled out after sustaining an injury, with Rami Jeridi his replacement.
Tried as the Algerians did, they could get a consolation through Hanni, who slammed home from a Adlene Guediora cross in added-on time.