Tunisia, Congo into quarters; Cape Verde, Zambia eliminated
BATA, Equatorial Guinea — Tunisia and Congo drew 1-1 on Monday to take both sides through to the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations.
Tunisia progressed as Group B winner, but substitute Loteteka Bokila’s 66th-minute equalizer was crucial for Congo as it squeezed through to the last eight through the tournament’s tiebreaker rules.
Congo finished with the same points as Cape Verde, who were playing Zambia, but scored more goals in the group stage.
Cape Verde and Zambia were both eliminated on Monday after playing to a 0-0 draw on a rain-soaked field.
The game was played through heavy rain at Ebebiyin Stadium, particularly early in the second half. Puddles developed quickly and the field was flooded, stopping the flow of the ball. But as the rain slowed, the ground drained remarkably well, allowing for play to continue.
Tunisia had led at a near-empty Bata Stadium through forward Ahmed Akaichi’s first-half header.
Both Congo and Tunisia celebrated at full time, obviously aware of the result in the other Group B game played at the same time in Ebebiyin between Cape Verde and Zambia.
Tunisia now plays host Equatorial Guinea in the quarters. Congo will face Republic of Congo.
Zambia, which won the African Cup in 2012, finished the group stage with only two points. Cape Verde had three.