Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Senegal by 1 goal to 0. The final took place in Cairo, Egypt. The only goal of the match came at the very start in the second minute after a quality run by Baghdad Bounedjah. He also got rewarded by one of the luckiest deflections and the ball made its way into the net.

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Algeria Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria won the cup for the second time in its history, the last time Algeria won the cup was back in 1990. Senegal on the other hand have never won the AFCON cup. It was their first attempt at the title which seemed within their reach as Senegal has a very good team with a very set of Centre backs in Koulibaly, Gassama and Kouyate. Senegal also has the Liverpool FC star, Sadio Mane and Ismalia Sarr who is said to be the next Dembele with his lightening fast pace and dribbling. 

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Algeria Africa Cup of Nations

After going down by one goal so early, Senegal dominated possession and had long patches of play where Algeria didn’t even come close to the ball yet with abundance of possession they found it extremely difficult to score. Senegal lacked creativity in attack as they weren’t able to break Algerias deadlock and ended up shooting the ball high and wide. The goal that Senegal conceded was the first goal they conceded in 403 minutes of the tournament.

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Algeria Africa Cup of Nations

The last team that was able to score against them was none other than Algeria itself, who beat them in group stage with the same scoreline. Senegal missed the absence of star defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, who was suspended before the match. Algeria had a clear mind in their head before they came on to the field. Getting ahead early was everything they would have wanted.

Algeria Africa Cup of Nations

After securing the lead, the Algerians played a physical style of football giving Senegal 32 free kicks and 6 corners in the process. It was a very close game and majority of the time Senegal looked like the better team as they were doing a lot more than the Algerians. But, as fate had it…Algerians enjoyed a major trophy after 28 years.

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