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Jun 15, 2021 at 8.30pm UK at Stade Olympique de Radès
TunisiaTunisia
1-0
MaliMali
Ben Slimane (90')
Laidouni (66'), Jebali (90+3')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Bilal Toure (22'), Kouyate (32'), Coulibaly (45+3'), Bagayoko (73')
Bilal Toure (32'), Kouyate (90+3')

Preview: Tunisia vs. Mali - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's International Friendlies clash between Tunisia and Mali, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Following a first home defeat in two years last time out, Tunisia prepare for the visit of Mali on Tuesday looking to bounce back.

Meanwhile, the visitors are still licking the wounds from their last outing, where they were denied all three points in the final knockings.


Match preview

Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba pictured in June, 2019© Reuters

Mali's struggles on the road continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by DR Congo at the Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi on Friday.

Kalifa Coulibaly gave Mohamed Magassouba's men a fourth-minute lead that was wiped out by Ben Malango with four minutes of normal time left to play.

Les Aigles have failed to win any of their last three matches away from home since defeating Zimbabwe back in January.

In that time, Tuesday's visitors have found the back of the net on only one occasion, which is an area that needs improvement if they are to turn their fortunes around.

Tunisia were defeated 2-0 by fellow North African outfit Algeria on Friday when the sides clashed at the Stade Olympique de Rades.

First-half goals from Baghdad Bounedjah and Riyad Mahrez condemned Mondher Kebaier's men to their first loss on home turf since 2019, when they were beaten by Ivory Coast.

Tuesday's hosts were on a five-game home winning run prior to that, but they will now have to pick themselves up from a disappointing result.

Next up for the Eagles of Carthage is a clash against a Mali side who they failed to defeat in any of the last three meetings between the teams.

The most recent of those encounters was a 1-1 stalemate in the group stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Tunisia International Friendlies form:
  • L
  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L

Tunisia form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Mali International Friendlies form:
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D

Mali form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D



Team News

Hannibal Mejbri recently made his Tunisia debut, and he could be recalled back into the side after playing no part in the defeat to Algeria.

There could also be recalls for Youssef Msakni and Wajdi Kechrida as Kebaier is expected to shuffle the pack for this one.

Kalifa Coulibaly's opener against DR Congo was the visitors' first goal in three matches since putting two past Namibia in November 2020.

That was also Coulibaly's second strike on the international stage and a first for the Nantes forward in just over four years.

Tunisia possible starting lineup:
Hassen; Abdi, Meriah, Talbi, Kechrida; Mejbri, Sassi, Romdhane; Sliti, Khazri, Slimane

Mali possible starting lineup:
Diarra; Bagayoko, Camara, Samake, Sacko; Dieng, Samassekou, Traore; Djenepo, Simpara, Diallo


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We say: Tunisia 2-0 Mali

Tunisia are renowned for their ability to get the job done when playing in front of their home crowd, and we are backing them to emerge victorious in this one.



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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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