Togo reach African Cup quarterfinals, Tunisia out
NELSPRUIT, South Africa (AP) -Togo advanced to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations for the first time at the expense of Tunisia after their controversy-filled match finished 1-1 on Wednesday.
South African referee Daniel Bennett was the focus of attention, awarding arguably the two softest penalties of the night to Tunisia and turning down several others for both teams.
Tunisia's Khaled Mouelhi converted the first spot kick but hit the upright with the second, a miss that ultimately cost his team a place in the quarterfinals.
Serge Gakpe scored the opener for Togo in the 13th minute, while Mouelhi's equalizer from the penalty spot came in the 30th.