Tunisia got off to a flying start in the 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Thursday when they hammered ten-man Equatorial Guinea 4-0 in Rades in a game they thoroughly dominated.
Naïm Sliti was the hero of the match having scored one goal and set up two to help the Carthage Eagles to the emphatic victory over the Equatoguineans.
The first scoring chance of the match fell in the way of Firas Ben Larbi but his piledriver was saved by Equatoguinean goalie Jesus Owono in the 20th minute.
Moments later Owono pulled another spectacular save to deny a thunderous strike by midfielder Ferjani Sassi at the Stade Hammadi Agrebi in Radès.
Sliti finally broke the deadlock of the match to give the Tunisian a deserving leading eleven minutes after recess as he scored from close range following an excellent team play.
Equatorial Guinea were reduced to ten men in the 71st minute when Spain-based midfielder Joan Lopez Elo was booked for the second time in the game.
Tunisia doubled their advantage in the 77th minute after Sliti set up Seifeddine Jaziri to head home before Youssef Msakni came from the bench to add another goal three minutes later.
Msakni scored again to seal the victory for the home side five minutes to the end of the match as Tunisia displaced Libya to go top of the Group J on goal difference.