BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Host Equatorial Guinea benefited from a hotly disputed penalty in the last minute of normal time to go on and beat Tunisia 2-1 in extra time in the African Cup quarterfinals on Saturday.
Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn ruled that Ivan Bolado was fouled in the 90th minute with Equatorial Guinea trailing 1-0, and on the way out of its home tournament.
Javier Balboa scored from the spot-kick deep in stoppage time, and curled in a brilliant free kick in the first half of extra time to send Equatorial Guinea to the semifinals for the first time.
The penalty was the turning point, and Seechurn's highly contentious decision sparked fury from Tunisian players and the coaching staff on the sidelines. There were ugly confrontations between both camps near the dugouts and riot police even moved in to restore order.