Equatorial Guinea registered a late night win against Tunisia in the quarterfinal played here at Estadio de Bata on 31 January. It was an exciting match of 2015 Africa cup of nations as home side won the game in the last moments of match. It was controversial match at the end but whatever happened it takes hosts to play semi-final match of AFCON 2015.
The first half was goal less. Both teams tried to goal but couldn’t score. In the second half both sides were looking aggressive to hit the goal but no one succeed until the 70th minute of match. Ahmed Akaighi scored the first goal of night for Tunisia.
Tunisia were leading by 1-0 and were close to reach in the semi-final. But in the added time Equatorial Guinea got lifeline as referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn gave them a penalty and the penalty worked for Guinea as they scored the goal. In the final moments of second half Javier Balboa hit the goal in penalty to score the level.
Now the match was in extra time and teams were eager to score the goal. Once again former Real Madrid player Balboa came into action and hit the winning goal for Equatorial Guinea in 102’ minute. Winning this match Equatorial Guinea qualified for semifinal and will face either Ghana or Guinea on 5 February.
That was really disappointing what happened after the game as Tunisia players take on Rajindraprasad. They were desperate hit him for giving penalty to Equatorial in the final moments of match. The referee made big error in the match while giving penalty and Tunisia coach also accepted it.
Tunisia coach George Leekens, “In my 15 years as a player and 30 as coach I’ve never seen anything like it. Today’s result was forced. The referee made a huge error and we did not deserve that.”