Tunisia claimed their first point in Africa Cup of Nations Group E as Hamza Rafia’s strike secured a 1-1 draw with Mali in Korhogo.
Mali’s Lassine Sinayoko opened the scoring for his team with a delicious, powerful left-footed strike in the 10th minute of the game to put the Malian Eagles in the lead thanks to a delightful assist by Kamory Doumbia. It was Sinayoko’s second goal of the tournament.
The lead lasted just for 10 minutes before Abdi showed nimble feet to cut a low pass from inside the box back into Rafia’s path for the equaliser.
Sinayoko could have gone level with the current top scorers so far but for a finish that went high over the crossbar when he met Hamari Traore’s inviting delivery in front of goal.
Tunisia goalkeeper Bechir Ben Said had already been relieved to see Doumbia’s effort beat his dive but roll behind.
Substitute Yves Bissouma, on as an 83rd-minute substitute, threatened during the closing stages, firing wide from the edge of the box as Mali missed out on a third win in four Afcon meetings with Tunisia, two of which have now been draws.
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