sport news Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia: Carthage Eagles book semi-final against Senegal

Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia: Ferjani Sassi's deflected shot breaks resolve of giantkillers as Eagles of Carthage book semi-final against Senegal Tunisia have reached their first Africa Cup of Nations semi-final since 2004  Three second-half goals ended Madagascar's fairytale run on Thursday night The Eagles of Carthage will face Senegal in Sunday's last-four tie

By Reuters Reporter

Published: 23:02 BST, 11 July 2019 | Updated: 00:06 BST, 12 July 2019

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Tunisia ended Madagascar's remarkable Africa Cup of Nations run when they beat the rank outsiders 3-0 in their quarter-final on Thursday, notching their first win of the tournament in the process.

Madagascar, a country with little football tradition and who had not been expected to progress beyond the group stage on their first appearance at the finals, held out until the second half when they were undone by Ferjani Sassi's deflected shot.

Youssef Msakni added a second on the hour for the Carthage Eagles, ranked 25th in the world against Madagascar's 107th, and substitute Naim Sliti finished it off on the break in stoppage time to earn them a semi-final against Senegal on Sunday.

Tunisia had vital breakthrough with Ferjani Sassi's deflected shot from the edge of the box

Tunisia had vital breakthrough with Ferjani Sassi's deflected shot from the edge of the box

Tunisia had drawn their previous four matches at the tournament, beating Ghana on

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