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The game, however, was marred by controversy.

The referees were escorted off the pitch after the official appeared to be blowing full time after just 83 minutes and 43 seconds, prompting a furious reaction from the Tunisian bench.

It was a story of two penalties as Ibrahima Kone transformed his attempt after a handball, but Tunisian Wahbi Khazri could not follow suit as his effort was saved by Malian goalkeeper Ibrahima Mounkoro 13 minutes from the match. end.

Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe first took a breath for the end of the match with 85 minutes on the clock, his time clearly poor. But after correcting himself, he still finished the game in the 90th minute, despite a number of second-half saves, including two VAR checks.

The result follows the trend of a 1-0 victory in the final, with this seventh of 10 games played to date. The second Group F match will be played later Wednesday between Mauritania and Gambia.

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