Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Algeria earn comfortable 2-0 victory over Kenya

Manchester City and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez runs with the ball
Premier League champions Manchester City signed Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez for £60m from Leicester City in 2018

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez scored as Algeria moved level with Senegal at the top of Africa Cup of Nations Group C with a win over Kenya.

Baghdad Bounedjah converted from the penalty spot after 34 minutes in Cairo following a clear foul on Youcef Atal.

Mahrez then doubled the advantage with a deflected shot from Ismael Bennacer's cut-back two minutes before half-time.

Algeria join Senegal on three points, after Aliou Cisse's side defeated Tanzania 2-0 earlier on Sunday.

Algeria, attempting to win the tournament for the first time since 1990, were worthy winners against a Kenya side making their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance since 2004.

Baghdad Bounedjah twice went close as an assured Algeria dominated the opening exchanges and Youcef Belaili shot straight at Kenya goalkeeper Patrick Matasi when played through on goal by Sofiane Feghouli.

They broke Kenya's resistance as Dennis Odhiambo carelessly brought down Atal, before captain Mahrez added the second.

Kenya, led by Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama, produced an improved second-half display but failed to land a shot on target as Aissa Mandi recovered to block Michael Olunga's effort late on.

Algeria now face Senegal in a battle for top spot on Thursday (18:00 BST), while Kenya take on Tanzania later that day (21:00 BST).

Analysis

by BBC Sport's John Bennett in Cairo:

Some of the other highly rated teams at this Africa Cup of Nations have looked unconvincing in their opening matches but there was no rustiness from Algeria; in fact, this was a real statement to start the tournament.

With good intensity, a positive approach and plenty of attacking ideas, they were able to take their foot off the gas after the break following the two deserved goals in the first half.

Riyad Mahrez, the team's new leader, looked very comfortable wearing the captain's armband and will be full of confidence with a goal to his name already.

Algeria brought a big contingent of fans to Cairo so it would have felt like a "home" atmosphere for Mahrez and his team-mates.

They will feel as though they can go a long way here in Egypt.

Line-ups

Algeria

  • 23M'bolhi
  • 20Atal
  • 2Mandi
  • 4Benlamri
  • 21Bensebaini
  • 17GuédiouraSubstituted forAbeidat 71'minutes
  • 7Mahrez
  • 10Feghouli
  • 22Bennacer
  • 8BelaïliSubstituted forBrahimiat 74'minutes
  • 9BounedjahSubstituted forDelortat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doukha
  • 3Tahrat
  • 5Halliche
  • 6Fares
  • 11Brahimi
  • 12Ounas
  • 13Slimani
  • 14Boudaoui
  • 15Delort
  • 16Oukidja
  • 18Zeffane
  • 19Abeid

Kenya

  • 18Matasi
  • 20OtienoBooked at 18mins
  • 2Okumu
  • 5Mohammed
  • 3Omar KhamisBooked at 12mins
  • 12Wanyama
  • 21OdhiamboSubstituted forAthumanat 89'minutes
  • 10OmondiSubstituted forOmoloat 72'minutes
  • 11KahataSubstituted forOumaat 45'minutes
  • 7Masika
  • 14Olunga

Substitutes

  • 1Shikalo
  • 4Onyango
  • 6Ochieng
  • 8Omolo
  • 9Avire
  • 13Ouma
  • 15Owino Odhiambo
  • 16Were
  • 17Athuman
  • 19Juma
  • 22Ochieng
  • 23Oyemba
Referee:
Mahamadou Keita
Attendance:
8,071

Match Stats

Home TeamAlgeriaAway TeamKenya
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away26

Live Text

Match ends, Algeria 2, Kenya 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Algeria 2, Kenya 0.

Youcef Atal (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erick Ouma (Kenya).

Hand ball by Michael Olunga (Kenya).

Substitution

Substitution, Kenya. Ismael Athuman replaces Dennis Odhiambo.

Mehdi Abeid (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dennis Odhiambo (Kenya).

Foul by Andy Delort (Algeria).

Johanna Omolo (Kenya) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Kenya. Conceded by Aissa Mandi.

Attempt blocked. Michael Olunga (Kenya) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ayub Timbe Masika.

Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Djamel Benlamri.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Andy Delort replaces Baghdad Bounedjah.

Youcef Atal (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aboud Omar Khamis (Kenya).

Corner, Kenya. Conceded by Youcef Atal.

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Okumu (Kenya).

Attempt blocked. Michael Olunga (Kenya) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aboud Omar Khamis.

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Yacine Brahimi replaces Youcef Belaïli.

Substitution

Substitution, Kenya. Johanna Omolo replaces Eric Johana Omondi.

Youcef Belaïli (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ayub Timbe Masika (Kenya).

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Mehdi Abeid replaces Adlène Guédioura.

Youcef Atal (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erick Ouma (Kenya).

Offside, Algeria. Adlène Guédioura tries a through ball, but Baghdad Bounedjah is caught offside.

Adlène Guédioura (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dennis Odhiambo (Kenya).

Hand ball by Riyad Mahrez (Algeria).

Djamel Benlamri (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Olunga (Kenya).

Foul by Youcef Atal (Algeria).

Erick Ouma (Kenya) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Youcef Belaïli (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Musa Mohammed (Kenya).

Ismael Bennacer (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eric Johana Omondi (Kenya).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Egypt11001013
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4Burundi100101-10

C

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3Kenya100102-20
4Tanzania100102-20

D

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4Namibia100101-10

E

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F

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