It is a credible claim that Tunisia were fortunate in their World Cup qualifying first leg victory over Mali in Bamako as the Carthage Eagles triumphed 1-0 thanks to an own goal from Mali defender Moussa Sissako while lacking ambition in attack. Several key starting players were missing for the match and credit must be given to the first leg visitors for playing a tactically intelligent match, leaving them in excellent position to finish the job and seal a spot in Qatar when the teams meet again in Tunis on Tuesday.
Essential midfielder Ellyes Shkiri and projected starting center back Bilel Ifa will be back from injury in the second leg and Tunisia manager Jalel Kadri is confident that his team can achieve the objective. The caretaker manager will once again count on the experience of his squad to help him perhaps become the permanent manager with a positive result on Tuesday. Tunisian publication La Presse states in the link below that supporters will be looking for a comprehensive performance to prove that the Carthage Eagles deserve their spot in Qatar rather than discovering it through fortune.
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