- Youssef MSAKNI (83')
Referee Joel AGUILAR (SLV)
TUN - TJK: post-match quotes
Maher Kanzari (TUN), Tunisia coach
"We didn't play particularly well in the first half, but we made the changes necessary to perform much better in the second. I think that bringing on Youssef Msakni made a big difference to us, given that he's one of our best players and decided the game with a nice goal. Now we face France who are difficult opponents, but we're confident we can win. I still don't know how far this team can go, but this tournament has been an extraordinary experience
Pulod Kodirov (TJK), Tajikistan coach
"We knew we were facing a team that had won their first two games, and we needed a draw so we tried to prepare ourselves in the best possible fashion. Given the circumstances surrounding the game, we knew that we'd still go through to the second round even if we lost 1-0, so we were looking to save our energy. I made several changes ahead of this game because we had a number of injuries and tired players, but in the end it all worked out well."
Youssef Msakni (TUN), Tunisia coach
"I don't want to speak about my performance today. I'd rather praise the entire team, who did an extraordinary job. We'd set out to win our three group games and we managed it so we're very happy. Facing France doesn't mean anything special, we already played against them in the build-up to the tournament, a game we drew, so we know them well enough."
Fatkhullo Fatkhuloev (TJK), Tajikistan midfielder
"Despite the defeat I'm really happy to have qualified for the second round of the competition. It's a great achievement and we're very happy to be here. It's true we came close to winning the game, and we even missed a penalty, but now's not the time for regrets or looking for someone to blame - it's a moment to savour. I want to thank the people in Tajikistan who have been following our matches and supporting us from their homes."