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Late substitute Issouf Kone scored twice in four minutes to give Burkina Faso a sensational 2-1 away win over Tunisia Sunday in a 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifier.

The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia competed at the previous three World Cup tournaments and are ranked 10 in Africa, 20 places above the Stallions of Burkina Faso.

Tijani Belaid put Tunisia ahead on 38 minutes in the Group 9 Rades showdown and they appeared set for a narrow victory until Norway-based Kone burst on the scene.

He replaced Soumalia Tassembedo with 10 minutes left and beat goalkeeper Hamdi Kasraoui on 84 and 87 minutes to turn the match on its head and give Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte a dream commpetitve debut.

Burkina Faso have won only one of 16 other World Cup qualifiers and that was 32 years ago in Mauritania while Tunisia were suffering only their third home loss in 37 qualifying matches.

The result puts unexpected early pressure on Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre ahead of a June 30 departure when his contract ends and he succeeds fellow Frenchman Henri Michel in charge of Morocco.

Former African champions Tunisia are away next weekend to the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean islanders also upset the form book by forcing a 0-0 away draw against Burundi in the other group encounter.

Egypt, who lifted the Nations Cup a record sixth time this year, had to come from behind in Group 12 to defeat the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-1 with Ahmed Abdelmalek snatching the 80th-minute winner.

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