At the eighth time of trying, the Carthage Eagles pass the Ghanaian test via penalties, this time when it matters most. Tunisia will face Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar in the quarter-finals.
The Carthage Eagles drew all three of their group games but seemed set for a first victory thanks to Taha Khenissi’s second-half strike, only for substitute Rami Bedoui to head an own goal with his first touch in added time.
Alain Giresse sent on goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha to replace Mouez Hassen ahead of the shoot-out and he kept out Caleb Ekuban’s poor effort, allowing Ferjani Sassi to hit the winning spot-kick.
Defender Kasim Adams hit the post with a header and Andre Ayew was unable to convert the rebound as Ghana started on top.
GHANA GOAL DISALLOWED
Ghana captain Andre Ayew had a goal disallowed as Thomas Partey was offside in the build-up.
Wahbi Khazri was not deemed fit enough to start but was thrown on midway through the second half with the game in the balance. His backheel freed Wajdi Kechrida and Khenissi arrived to steer home the low cross, his shot deflected of Adams before clipping the inside of the post for the opening goal.
The Black Stars equalized in the 91st minute after Rami Bedoui scored an own goal with his first and the only ball touched in the regular time.
Jordan Ayew missed the best chance in extra time and Tunisia, who had not beaten Ghana in seven previous AFCON attempts.