AFCON Qualifiers Tunisia defeat Egypt

The Qatar-based midfielder set up the only goal three minutes after half-time at the national stadium in Rades.

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Tunisian forward Youssef Msakni (left) scored the only goal as Tunisia beat Egypt in the African Cup of Nations CAN 2019 preliminary stage qualification match in Rades on June 11, 2017 play

Tunisian forward Youssef Msakni (left) scored the only goal as Tunisia beat Egypt in the African Cup of Nations CAN 2019 preliminary stage qualification match in Rades on June 11, 2017

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Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni starred in a 1-0 victory over Egypt Monday that completed the first series of qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Qatar-based midfielder set up the only goal three minutes after half-time at the national stadium in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis.

Msakni intercepted a headed clearance and delivered a sublime through ball for Taha Yassine Khenissi to score from a tight angle.

The result confirmed the recent dominance of Tunisia over 2017 Cup of Nations runners-up Egypt having beaten them home and away in 2015 qualifying.

Tunisia top Group J with three points and Niger and Swaziland have one each after a 0-0 draw in Niamey at the weekend.

Group winners and the best three runners-up from 12 mini-leagues qualify for the biennial African football showcase.

New Spain-born Algeria coach Lucas Alcaraz saw Sofiane Hanni score midway through the opening half to bring a 1-0 Group D win over Togo in Blida.

The match-winner was the highlight of a generally laboured performance by the nation that reached the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Route-one football presented unmarked Hanni with a chance just outside the box and his delicate chip over the goalkeeper found the net.

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