Tunisia win Kirin Cup as nine-man Ghana clinch third

Tunisia scored three times in the second half to beat hosts Japan and win the Kirin Cup
Tunisia scored three times in the second half to beat hosts Japan and win the Kirin Cup

Tunisia lifted the Kirin Cup after a 3-0 win over hosts Japan, while nine-man Ghana claimed third place in the friendly tournament by beating Chile on penalties.

Esperance midfielder Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane opened the scoring for Tunisia with a penalty in the 55th minute in Osaka.

Captain Youssef Msakni took advantage of hesitancy in the Japan defence to tee up Ferjani Sassi for the second in the 76th minute, and substitute Issam Jebali scored his second of the tournament in injury time with a fierce strike from 25 yards.

Denmark-based Jebali was also on target as Tunsia beat Chile 2-0 on Friday.

Ghana, Tunisia and Japan are using the tournament to prepare for the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar in November.

Earlier nine-man Ghana clinched a third-placed finish by beating Chile 3-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

Black Stars defender Alidu Seidu was shown a straight red card in the 67th minute, and midfielder Wakaso Mubarak followed him after picking up his second yellow 11 minutes later.

Ronnie Fernandez scored Chile’s first spot-kick, but Tomas Alarcon, Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz and Gary Medel all failed from the spot for the South Americans as Ghana keeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen saved twice.

Ghana travelled to Japan with just an 18-man squad because of Covid-19 cases and injuries, having taken four points from their first two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The win over Chile came after they lost their opening Kirin Cup game 4-1 to Japan.

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