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Equatorial Guinea pull off controversial late comeback

Javier Balboa was the hero for Equatorial Guinea as his curling extra-time free-kick sealed their place in the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup with a dramatic 2-1 win over Tunisia.

Equatorial Guinea staged a controversial late comeback. Credit: Reuters

Balboa had sent the match into extra time after he scored a controversial penalty which was awarded to the tournament hosts in the last minute of normal time after Ivan Bolado appeared to have dived in the box.

The amazing turnaround came after Ahmed Akaichi broke the deadlock in the 70th minute to put Tunisia 1-0 up and they looked on course to qualify until the biggest drama came as hosts were awarded a controversial penalty in the last minute.

Bolado dribbled into the area and fell under a nothing challenge from Ali Maaloul, and the referee did not hesitate in pointing to the spot. Balboa stepped up to take the spot kick, and Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, with lasers shining in his eyes courtesy of the partisan home crowd, dived the wrong way as the game went into extra time.

Tunisia's players chased the referee off after extra time. Credit: Reuters

The Estoril striker then broke Tunisian hearts when he launched a curling free-kick from 25 yards which put his side ahead for the first time in the match. Ovono denied Maaloul from a free-kick from similar range in the second period of extra time, then went down injured again as the tension increased further.

The referee lost control of the match as scuffles broke out between the two benches, but then quickly blew the final whistle to confirm Equatorial Guinea's progression to the final four.

Watch highlights on ITV4 tonight at 11pm.


Fletcher move from Man United to West Ham collapses

Darren Fletcher's proposed move to West Ham is off, ManUnited manager Louis van Gaal has announced.

Fletcher won't be joining West Ham on loan. Credit: PA

The long-serving midfielder looked set to leave Old Trafford for the Hammers after he had a medical at the London club on Friday.

But United boss Louis van Gaal said after Saturday's win over Leicester that the deal had fallen through after West Ham moved the goal posts.

Van Gaal claims the Hammers wanted to make the deal temporary, rather than permanent, causing the deal to collapse.

I thought Darren was going to sign a contract.

But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement. When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange.

I don't know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal


DR Congo stage remarkable comeback

Joël Kimwaki Mpela celebrates the winnner. Credit: Reuters

Jeremy Bokila netted a second-half brace as DR Congo claimed a remarkable 4-2 comeback victory over Congo to reach the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup at Estadio de Bata on Saturday.

Congo took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals after the break from Ferebory Dore and Koulossa Thievy before Dieumerci Mbokani pulled one back and Bolika's double sandwiched Joel Kimwaki's header to complete the comeback.

The win sees the Leopards reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since 1998, where they will play Ivory Coast or Algeria.

Watch all the goals and highlights from Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea on ITV4 tonight at 11pm.

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