Last Updated: 22/01/13 7:59pm
The Foxes throw numbers forward for the final corner-kick of the match, but to no avail, as the ball bounces into touch and the referee puts the whistle to his lips to call to an end a niggling, drama-filled tussle in the 'Group of Death'.
Kadir is yanked off with Mohamed Aoudia sent on in his stead, but once must think it's a little too late for the shell-shocked Algerians.
Msakni goes into the book for whipping his shirt off in celebration, but teh Algerians don't seem to care as they pile on one another in joy.
GOAL! From out of nowhere Msakni takes a snap-shot from out in front, his well-placed effort beating a hapless M'Bohli to nestle in the top corner.
Algeria fail to make a real attacking opportunity from a corner-kick from the left count with men in the box but nobody getting on the end of the ball cleanly in the goalmouth.
Replacement Harbaoui comes off himself for Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, while Guedioura's had enough and comes off for Khaled Lemmouchia.
A pass sneaked in behind the Tunisian defence in the box from the left almost finds Slamini, but the ball has too much pace on it and rolls out of touch.
Guedioura's ball over the top for Slamini is too long, with the Algerian now having to receive treatment for what looks to be cramp.
No luck for Algeria from Kadir's free-kick towards a packed box from the left after yet another foul was penalised and a set-piece awarded.
The introduction of Soudani for the Foxes as seen the Algerians increase their attacking numbers with several of their defenders even pushing up now.
With only their third shot on goal, Tunisia almost get the breakthrough with Harbaoui's effort at the near post off Dagarri's pass into the box, the final shot just wide.
Cries from the Algerians as the referee waves play after they felt Abdennour had fouled Feghouli inside the area.
Guedioura smashes the ball from distance that swerves a little on its way goalwards, forcing a leaping attempt from Cherifa, but the ball invariably sails over the crossbar.
Mesbah creates some space for himself out on the left to curl in a ball for a waiting Slimani, but the linesman's flag is up for the ball having gone out of play before coming back in.
The Eagles passing the ball around aimlessly in the middle of the park, before moving the ball forward quickly for Harbaoui to take a shot at M'Bohli. But the Foxes gloveman gets down low to make the save.
Feghouli combine well with Kadir and Mesbah down the left channel, but Los Che man's ball into area has too much weight on it.
Good backtracking from Meghali sees the Foxes skipper do well to intercept a long ball forward for Harbaoui.
Algeria with the majority of the ball since the break, but just can't seem to turn their dominance into a clean shot on goal.
Square ball from Slamini for Feghouli in the box is gathered by Cherifa, the Foxes man doing well to initially shake his marker on the right and get his pass off.
Low, long-range drive from Mesbah almost caught Cherifa napping, the shot skimming just wide of the far post.
Feghouli making a meal of Daraggi's less than rough tackle, the referee calling the replacement over for a chat.
Foxes earn themselves a free-kick in a decent attacking area out in front of goal, Abdennour this time taking out Slimani, but Mesbah pulls his set-piece wide.
Slow start to the second stanza as both sides close each other down before the opponents can gain the upper hand on attack. Status quo remains with three fouls already blown up since the restart.
The second half is underway, and Tunisia make their second change with Oussama Darragi coming on for Traoui.
No breakthrough after 45 minutes of completed football in today's North African derby clash in Phokeng.
Again, the Tunisian defence under pressure with the Algerians whipping crosses from the right aimed at Slimani.
Action at both ends as Feghouli fails to capitalise on a loose ball in the box, while at the other end Saber Khelifa is denied at the near post by great relex stop by Rais MBolhi.
Mesbah's really been in the wars his clattered over for the umpteenth time as he makes a run down the left.
Algeria captain Carl Medjani gets a stiff talking-to from the referee after climbing all over Harbaoui as the two went for the ball in the air.
Harbaoui easily finds his way into the box to try and meet a decent through ball from Youssef Msakni, but the linesman's flag dashes his hopes of making it a scoring opportunity.
Kadir makes a hash of his attempt at a finish inside the 18-yard area, skimming the ball into his own leg and then out of touch.
Abdennour's diving header clears Mesbah's cross from the left intended for Slamini, the Algerians in the ascendency with the lion's share of the possession, too.
Slimani hits the crossbar with well-taken header inside the box off Feghouli's pin-point cross from the left.
The Foxes employing a long ball strategy at the moment with the likes of Kadir and full-back Djamel Mesbah pushing up hard down the left to gather the ball.
Just under a foul a minute as the shrill of the referee's whistle can be heard reverberating around the stadium.
Kadir brings the ball down well on the edge of the box from a long ball forward, but the winger's shot lacks the power to trouble Cherifa.
A good number of off-the-ball incidents and late tackles building up in this encounter, which is severely hampering the flow of the match and making it a real stop-start affair.
After some pushing and shoving and the referee's unhappiness at Algeria's distance for their wall, the Foxes fail to make anything of their free-kick form out in front.
Tunisia's defensive wall does well to hold it's line to deny Algeria's Adlene Guedioura from a free-kick from the right.
And it's a sad sight for the Fennec Foxes fans as Jemaa is forced to leave the field, Hamdi Harbaoui getting an early run-out.
Aymen Abdennour goes into the referee's book after a shocking challenge on Feghouli out on the right.
Moez Ben Cherifa tips over Islam Slimani's header from close-range as the ball is played into the box from deep, but the linesman's flag was up anyway.
Sofiane Feghouli running hard up front for the Algerians as they look to attack from the left flank.
Some worried looking Tunisians in the stands as dangerman Issam Jemaa receives treatment after coming off the worse in a tough tackle.
The Eagles forcing play down in their opponents' half with several long ball forward for Chadi Hammami to chase, to no avail.
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Tunisia are rated at 9/5 to beat Algeria today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 21/10 for the match to end in a draw. Issam Jemaa is 7/1 to score first, and 14/1 t score a brace, while Sofiane Feghouli is 5/2 to score inside the 90 minutes.
The Carthage Eagles, meanwhile, last lifted the AFCON title on home soil in 2004, having finished as runners-up in the 1965 and 1996 instalments, while three of their last four involvements in the tournament have ended at the quarter-final stage. Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi will be looking to 22-year-old Youssef Msakni to pull the strings in midfield, while the country's top-scorer Issam Jemaa is set to lead the line up front.
Algeria have become a force to be reckoned with on the continent, currently sitting second in the African rankings, although the 1990 AFCON champions will be looking to make up for last year's shortcomings after they failed to qualify for the 2012 showpiece. Valencia star Sofiane Feghouli will be carrying much of the nation's hopes, with the La Liga star having a wealth of experience to call on at the tournament.