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CAN 2019: Senegal-Tunisia, warm reunion for a place in the final

2019-07-13T18:21:42.988Z

The semi-finals Senegal-Tunisia CAN 2019 will be a match between two opponents who know each other well, but also a coach duel to the destinies related to a given moment: the Senegalese Aliou Cissé and the Frenchman Alain Giresse. But it will be ...



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Tunisian Youssef Msakni and Senegalese Sadio Mané at CAN 2017. KHALED DESOUKI / AFP

The semi-finals Senegal-Tunisia CAN 2019 will be a match between two opponents who know each other well, but also a coach duel to the destinies related to a given moment: the Senegalese Aliou Cissé and the Frenchman Alain Giresse. But it will be especially a meeting to play a final unprecedented against the winner of Nigeria-Algeria.

From our special envoy in Cairo,

It is a clash between two 2018 globalists that were expected at this stage of the competition, but who have taken various paths to get there. While Senegal assumed its favorite status, despite losing in the first round against Algeria (0-1), Tunisia, it has long sought by which end to take this CAN. She ended up in the quarter-finals over Madagascar (3-0) after four draws in a row in the first round and in the round of 16 against Ghana (1-1). It is therefore a regular team that will face a team that may have been found. And if the Eagles want to continue the adventure, they have every interest to stay on top of the match against Madagascar. In front of Senegal comes with certainty in the game, defensive solidity (a goal conceded) and the confidence of his base men like Mane (three goals) and Idrissa Guèye, decisive scorer against Benin in quarter (1-0 ).

History: Tunisia is in front of ...

The stadium of June 30 in Cairo will host a semi-final Sunday, July 14 at 16h (UT) between two teams used to the CAN but had not finished in the last square for a long time. Tunisia since 2004 and Senegal since 2006. It is also a meeting between two formations that have crossed a lot in the past and the Eagles have often flown over the debates against the Lions. In the history of Senegal-Tunisia, the Maghreb dominate with 9 wins in 20 games against 4 successes for Senegal and 7 draws. In African Cups, the Lions and Eagles met five times for a balanced record: one win for each and three draws. The last match-up turned to the advantage of Aliou Cissé's men who had won the shock at the 2017 CAN (2-0) including a penalty from Sadio Mané .

Cissé-Giresse, crossover

Senegal-Tunisia is also a singular reunion between the two coaches. At the end of 2012, Aliou Cissé is a candidate for the position of coach of Senegal with Alain Giresse. It is the French who will be chosen. The Federation proposes him to be the assistant of Alain Giresse, but Cissé prefers to wait while remaining at the head of the Senegalese Espoirs. Both will collaborate during the Giresse mandate for the national selections. A little more than two years after his arrival and after a elimination in the first round of the CAN 2015, Alain Giresse is not renewed in his post. The obvious imposes Aliou Cissé who succeeds him in March 2015. Today, the two meet to compete for a place in the final with the Lions and Carthage Eagles. " Aliou, we know each other. We have always had good relations. He coached the Olympics and we exchanged a lot. It's a pleasure to meet him, "said the Frenchman. For his part, his successor wanted to put the game in context by stating in a press conference Saturday: " It's not Alain Giresse against Aliou Cisse, it's Tunisia against Senegal ."

► Also read: CAN 2019: Calendar, results and standings of the Africa Cup

Source: rfi

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