Croatia to face Egypt in Capital Cup final after defeating Tunisia in penalty shootout

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Mar 2024

Croatia secured their place in the highly anticipated Egypt Capital Cup final by triumphing over Tunisia in a thrilling extended penalty shootout, with a final score of 5-4. The gripping match took place at Egypt Stadium in the New Administrative Capital on Saturday.

Tunisia vs Croatia
Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric controls the ball during his side's game against Tunisia in Egypt Capital Cup friendly tournament. Photo: Croatia Football Association's official X account


From the outset, the World Cup 2022 bronze medalists showcased their dominance, launching relentless attacks in their quest for an early goal.

Nonetheless, it was the Lions of Carthage who initially found the back of the net in the 31st minute, courtesy of defender Hamza Jelassi. However, after a meticulous VAR review, the goal was ultimately disallowed.

Relying on their resilient defense, Tunisia adeptly exploited counter-attacks, capitalizing on the speed of Wajdi Kechrida and Hamza Rafia.

Despite their efforts, the Tunisian players failed to convert any chances, resulting in a goalless draw at the end of regulation time.

In the extended penalty shootout that followed, Croatia displayed composure, finding the back of the net on five occasions out of seven attempts. In contrast, Tunisia faltered, missing three crucial penalties, leading to a final score of 5-4 in favor of Croatia.

As a result, Croatia has earned their place in the final, where they will face Egypt on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Tunisia will contend against New Zealand on the same day.

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