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Togo Dump Tunisia Out

Togo progressed to the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a 1-1 draw with Tunisia on Wednesday night.

The occasion marked the first time ever that Togo had reached the knockout round but it came in dramatic fashion with Tunisia missing a penalty that could have taken them through.

The first chance came seven minutes in when Serge Gakpe found Floyd Ayite but his effort went just wide of the target.

Togo were looking strong at the start and Emmanuel Adebayor fired wide moments later before Gakpe slotted in the opener after being slid through by the Tottenham Hotspur man - although there was a hint of offside.

Tunisia responded in the 17th minute when Yousseff Msakni made some space for himself but failed to get enough power on his shot.

Togo hit back on the counter as Adebayor skewed a shot wide before Tunisia won a penalty after Dare Nibombe was adjudged to have pushed Walid Hichri. Khaled Mouelhi took the responsibility and calmly placed his effort to the right of the goalkeeper.

Both sides struggled to find a winner but Adebayor came close with 20 minutes to go with a thundering header that hit the crossbar.

There was some drama soon after when Adebayor saw his penalty appeal waved away before the referee pointed to the spot at the other end which enraged Togo. Justice was served though as Mouelhi hit his penalty against the post.

Togo were content to see out the draw but needed two good saves from Kossi Agassa to achieve the feat as they slipped into the quarter-finals.

Standard Bank Moment of the Match: After being awarded a second penalty in controversial circumstances, Tunisia could almost touch the quarter-finals but it was to be Togo’s night as the spot kick thundered against the post and Sparrow Hawks went through.

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