Africa Cup of Nations - Final
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Africa Cup of Nations: Algeria beat Senegal to win final

Algeria's only effort of note all game was the heavily deflected shot in the second minute that ultimately proved to be the winner
Algeria's only effort of note all game was the heavily deflected shot in the second minute that ultimately proved to be the winner

Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time as a freak early goal secured a 1-0 win against Senegal in the final in Cairo.

Baghdad Bounedjah's shot took a huge deflection off Salif Sane and looped over goalkeeper Alfred Gomes.

Senegal, who have never won the competition, were awarded a penalty for handball in the second half but it was overturned after a VAR review.

Algeria closed out the rest of the game to win their first title since 1990.

Senegal's players collapsed on the pitch in tears at the final whistle.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, who said before the game he would swap his Champions League winners medal for Africa Cup of Nations success, looked disconsolate as Algeria players celebrated around him.

"Without the players I am nothing," said Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi. "They are the main ones. I suppose the staff played its part in guiding the players but they applied the instructions incredibly well."

Africa Cup of Nations
Algeria have gone from failing to get out of the group stage two years ago to winning the tournament

Senegal, making only their second appearance in the final since 2002, dominated for large periods but struggled to make the most of their possession.

M'Baye Niang was at the centre of two of their best chances as he flashed a fierce drive over the bar just before the break, and rounded keeper Rais M'bolhi early in the second half only to shoot wide from a tight angle.

M'Bolhi also did well to palm over a stinging effort from Youssouf Sabaly.

The decisive moment for Senegal was the reversal of the decision to award a penalty on the hour mark.

Ismaila Sarr's cross was blasted straight at Adlene Guedioura's arm, referee Neant Alioum pointed to the spot, but, just as the Senegal players started celebrating the decision, he quickly indicated that a VAR review was under way.

After watching the replays on the pitch-side monitor, which clearly showed Guedioura's arm being by his side, Alioum reversed the decision.

Although the decision was correct, the result was harsh on Senegal, with Algeria managing only one shot on goal.

Premier League stars fail to shine

Riyad Mahrez
Both Mane and Mahrez scored three goals in the Africa Cup of Nations

The game was billed by many as a battle between Liverpool's Mane and Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, but both were on the periphery of this encounter.

Mahrez's lack of contribution was largely down to Algeria's defensive approach after taking the lead, but Mane will perhaps be disappointed with his input.

He was clearly the player Algeria fans feared most - every touch of the ball was met with boos - but he showed only glimpses of his pace and danger on the ball, possibly showing the signs of fatigue following a long season for club and country.

It is 363 days since Mane began pre-season with Liverpool - and he will only have a couple of weeks rest before the new campaign gets under way on 9 August.

Analysis

BBC Arabic's Mohamed Qoutb at Cairo International Stadium

Algeria were very lucky to get their first goal from a deflected shot by Bounedjah. But they made the most of their luck.

Their defence has been formidable all tournament and as much as Senegal tried to create chances, it was just so difficult for them.

The Teranga Lions raised their level after half-time and had a great chance that was missed by Niang, one of two players Algeria were giving very close attention - the other, of course, being Mane.

One goal was enough for Algeria to win a well deserved tournament even though they weren't their best in the final. Senegal were so close this time but they needed luck and more clinical finishing - and they found neither.

Line-ups

Senegal

  • 23Gomis
  • 21GassamaBooked at 80mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 6Sané
  • 12Sabaly
  • 17B NdiayeSubstituted forDiattaat 59'minutes
  • 5GueyeBooked at 79mins
  • 18Sarr
  • 10Mané
  • 14SaivetSubstituted forDiagneat 75'minutes
  • 9NiangSubstituted forKeitaat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Diallo
  • 2Ciss
  • 4Cissé
  • 7Konaté
  • 11Keita
  • 13A N'Diaye
  • 15Diatta
  • 19Diagne
  • 20Thioub
  • 22Wagué

Algeria

  • 23M'bolhi
  • 18Zeffane
  • 2MandiBooked at 90mins
  • 4Benlamri
  • 21BensebainiBooked at 34mins
  • 17GuédiouraBooked at 90mins
  • 7Mahrez
  • 10FeghouliSubstituted forTahratat 85'minutes
  • 22Bennacer
  • 8BelaïliBooked at 54minsSubstituted forBrahimiat 84'minutes
  • 9BounedjahSubstituted forSlimaniat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doukha
  • 3Tahrat
  • 5Halliche
  • 6Fares
  • 11Brahimi
  • 12Ounas
  • 13Slimani
  • 14Boudaoui
  • 15Delort
  • 16Oukidja
  • 19Abeid
  • 20Atal
Referee:
Néant Alioum

Match Stats

Home TeamSenegalAway TeamAlgeria
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away1
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away32

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Senegal 0, Algeria 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Senegal 0, Algeria 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Salif Sané (Senegal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

  4. Booking

    Adlène Guédioura (Algeria) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Adlène Guédioura (Algeria).

  6. Post update

    Salif Sané (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

  8. Post update

    Ismaila Sarr (Senegal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mehdi Zeffane (Algeria).

  10. Booking

    Aissa Mandi (Algeria) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Sadio Mané (Senegal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Algeria).

  13. Post update

    Salif Sané (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Algeria. Islam Slimani replaces Baghdad Bounedjah.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Krépin Diatta (Senegal) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Keita (Senegal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mehdi Zeffane (Algeria).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mbaye Diagne (Senegal).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 19th July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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