Disappointing Algeria Knocked Out Of 2017 AFCON



Algeria has exited the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations without winning a game after it slumped to a 2-2 draw with Senegal overnight.

The North African nation needed to win and hope that Zimbabwe could upset Tunisia in the other Group B match.
However none of that mattered as Algeria couldn’t hold up its end of the bargain despite leading 1-0 and 2-1 throughout the match.

Algeria drew first blood inside ten minutes when Anderlecht Winger Sofiane Hanni brought pressure on the Senegal midfield which saw a turnover, before breaking down the wing, his curling cross was thundered how from just two yards out by Islam Slimani as it took the lead.

Just as it appeared Algeria would take a precious lead into half time, they considered a soft goal as Senegal hit them on the counter.
The initial cross from the right was headed away but only as far as Papakouly Diop whose unconvincing low drive made its way through a sea of bodies which confused Algeria shot-stopper Malik Asselah and made its way into the back of the net.

Algeria restored parity after the interval however as Slimani found his second goal of the evening via a scuffed shot.
A beautifully lobbed ball from the midfield found Riyad Mahrez who teased the Senegal defence with a lofted cross that was scuffed home by Slimani.
The Algerian ecstasy soon turned to agony though as they conceded less than two minutes later in what was the goal of the match.

Moussa Sow broke away with a loose ball and lashed a vicious shot past Asselah who had no chance to react.
Sow had shown great vision and pace to finish off what was one of the moments of the match.

Despite some individual brilliance in the midfield from Algeria it was unable to find a winner despite Slimani and Mahrez both being gifted with relatively easy opportunities.

The draw was made to taste even sourer with Senegal resting 10 players from its last match and virtually playing a second team having already qualified for the quarter finals.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse would have been delighted with the performance of his reserve players as they constantly brought the fight to the Algerian’s and showed great resilience to come from a goal down twice in the match.

For Algeria, they go home disappointed after an underwhelming campaign.
It was held to a surprise draw against minnows Zimbabwe, a loss against Tunisia and a lackluster draw against Senegal.
Touted as one of the favourites to win the tournament, their failure is sure to get tongues wagging when it arrives home.

Senegal will now play against Cameroon on Saturday in its quarter final match up.



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