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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.


Tourists warned to avoid parts of Tunisia after attacks

Tourists were being warned to avoid large parts of Tunisia as the threat of terrorism in the country heightened.

The warning, issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), follows attacks by dissidents, who reportedly killed 14 soldiers and injured 20 more in the Chaambi Mountains in the far west of the country, near the Algerian border.

Tourists were being warned to avoid parts of Tunisia after dissident attacks reportedly killed 14 soldiers and injured 20. Credit: PA

The popular holiday destination attracted more than 400,000 British tourists last year, but travelers were being warned to be "extra vigilant".

An FCO spokesman said: "Our advice makes clear that there is a high threat from terrorism in Tunisia.

"We continue to advise against travel to the Chaambi Mountain National Park area."

Other areas to avoid included the towns of Nefta, Douz, Medenine and Zarzisj, and to within 30km of the border with Algeria from south of the town of Ghardinaou.

Four killed in gun attack on Tunisian minister's home

Four Tunisian police were killed when gunmen opened fire on the interior minister's family home in the western Kasserine area of Tunis, an official with the ministry said.

The minister was not at home during the attack, Mohammed Ali Laroui, a ministry spokesman said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but Tunisian forces are engaged in a crackdown on the hardline Islamist group Ansar al Sharia.


Tens of thousands protest on the streets of Tunisia

Tens of thousands of Tunisians crowded the streets of Tunis to demand the government's ouster, in the largest opposition protests to hit the capital since the country's political crisis began two weeks ago.

The secular opposition is trying to topple the Islamist-led government and dissolve a transitional Constituent Assembly that is only weeks away from finishing a draft constitution and new election law.

The protest marks the six-month anniversary of the assassination of leftist politician Chokri Belaid, one of two opposition figures to be shot dead in recent months.

Mass support for Tunisia government after unrest

Tens of thousands of Tunisians have hit the capital's streets to show support for the country's Islamist-led government in one of the largest demonstrations seen since the 2011 revolution.

Thousands rallied in Tunis against calls for the Ennahda government to be dissolved. Credit: REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Ennahda, the ruling moderate Islamist party, called on supporters of the embattled government to show their voice after a week of mass protests calling for its toppling.

The crowds responding, shouting "No to coups, yes to elections," as they filled Kasbah Square next to the prime minister's office in Tunis.

Police 'fire teargas at protesters' in Tunisia

Tunisian police fired teargas to disperse violent protests in the southern town of Sidi Bouzid, cradle of the country's revolution and hometown of slain opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi, witnesses told Reuters.

Tunisian protesters clash with riot police in Tunis. Credit: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

Angry demonstrators, who came out to protest Thursday's assassination of Brahmi, threw rocks at police, said local resident Mahdi al-Horshani.

"Hundreds of protesters lit tyres on fire to block roads and they threw rocks at the police," he said. "There is a lot of anger and frustration at the situation."

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