Tunisia bounced back from their controversial opening defeat at the Africa Cup of Nations by brushing aside Mauritania 4-0 in Group F.
Hamza Mathlouthi drove in a half volley in the fourth minute and Wahbi Khazri slotted in a second five minutes later.
Khazri got his second after the break and Seifeddine Jaziri added the fourth.
Tunisia had lost their first game 1-0 to Mali – a match which was ended 13 seconds early – but their protests were dismissed by tournament organisers.
Substitute Youssef Msakni, who featured at his seventh Nations Cup after recovering from coronavirus, missed a late penalty for the 2004 champions, pulling his effort onto the left-hand upright.
The Carthage Eagles are just the second team to score four goals in a game at this year’s Nations Cup, after hosts Cameroon, and victory puts them a point behind The Gambia and Mali.
The north Africans face the Gambians in their final group match on Friday (19:00 GMT), while back-to-back defeats mean Mauritania can no longer reach the last 16.
Tunisia showed no sign of any lingering frustration following the fall-out from their first defeat, taking control against Mauritania inside the opening 10 minutes in Limbe.
Khazri, who had seen a penalty saved against Mali, made no mistake when he controlled a ball from Anis Ben Slimane and passed into the net to double their lead.
His second midway through the second half capped a fine team move, as Khazri stepped over a ball into the box and stroked home after being found by Ghaylene Chaalali.
Two minutes later St Etienne attacker Khazri rounded off a captain’s performance as his defence-splitting through-ball was converted first time by Jaziri with the outside of the right boot.
- 2IfaBooked at 37minsSubstituted forRekikat 81′minutes
- 25Ben SlimaneBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRafiaat 71′minutes
- 8KhaouiSubstituted forBen Romdhaneat 60′minutes
- 11JaziriSubstituted forLaidouniat 71′minutes
- 10KhazriBooked at 15minsSubstituted forMsakniat 80′minutes
- 1Ben Mustapha
- 13El Abdi
- 15Ben Romdhane
- 24Ben Hmida
- 4Abou Demba
- 3AbeidSubstituted forSoueidat 14′minutes
- 7ThiamSubstituted forKaramokoat 68′minutes
- 12N’DiayeSubstituted forYacoubat 60′minutes
- 11CamaraSubstituted forTanjyat 60′minutes
- 27KamaraBooked at 37minsSubstituted forBâat 45′minutes
Match ends, Tunisia 4, Mauritania 0.
Second Half ends, Tunisia 4, Mauritania 0.
Penalty missed! Still Tunisia 4, Mauritania 0. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) hits the left post with a right footed shot.
Penalty conceded by Souleymane Karamoko (Mauritania) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Hemeya Tanjy (Mauritania) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Hand ball by Ellyes Skhiri (Tunisia).
Foul by Ghaylène Chaalali (Tunisia).
Guessouma Fofana (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Hamza Rafia (Tunisia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ellyes Skhiri.
Foul by Ghaylène Chaalali (Tunisia).
Mouhamed Soueid (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Tunisia) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ali Maâloul with a cross.
Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Harouna Abou Demba.
Substitution, Tunisia. Omar Rekik replaces Bilel Ifa.
Substitution, Tunisia. Youssef Msakni replaces Wahbi Khazri.
Offside, Tunisia. Hamza Mathlouthi tries a through ball, but Wahbi Khazri is caught offside.
Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by El Hacen Houeibib.
Aïssa Bilal Laidouni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sidi Yacoub (Mauritania).