2013 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Result: Sierra Leone 2-2 Tunisia
Tunisia came back twice to secure a 2-2 draw against Sierra Leone in the first leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the National Stadium in Freetown on Saturday evening.
Sheriff Suma and Alhasaan Kamara scored for the hosts, while Fateh Gharbi and Youssef Msakni replied for the visitors.
The home side opened the scoring in the eighth minute when a poor clearance from a Tunisian player saw the ball falling perfectly for Suma who then fired a powerful shot into the back of the net from the left side of the penalty area.
The Leone Stars maintained their lead for a while but the Carthage Eagles leveled matters in the 65th minute from a good build-up which resulted in a well-taken goal from Fateh Gharbi, who beat Christian Caulker with a left-footed shot from inside the box.
The hosts restored their lead twenty minutes later when Alhassan Kamara nodded the ball home after Aymen Mathlouthi had failed to deal with a cross that was delivered into the box.
However, the lead lasted for only two minutes as the visitors netted yet another equaliser in the 85th minute through Youssef Msakni, who finished calmly from the right side of the penalty area.
This result means the Tunisians hold a slight advantage going into the second leg as they have managed to score two valuable away goals.
The second leg will be played at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir on October 13.