Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final in 2019 when Bagdad Bounedjah’s early goal was enough to secure the North African nation’s second continental title.
Bounedjah scored a second-half goal for Algeria as his shot from the penalty area on Salif Sane’s outstretched leg was massively deflected before falling into the bottom corner of the Senegalese net. The ball’s deflection and flight were so unexpected that goalkeeper Alfred Gomis remained frozen as he saw the ball fly high over his head and hit Bounedjah’s second goal of the tournament.
Mbaye Niang nearly equalized Senegal in the 66th minute when he rounded Algerian goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi but was unable to direct his shot from close range. M’Bolhi was called in a few minutes later when he deflected a decisive save from a shot fired by Youssouf Sabaly.
The Lions of Teranga continued knocking on Algeria’s door, forcing a balance. Ismaila Sarr had the opportunity to volley in the penalty area, but his effort went far beyond the crossbar of M’Bolhi.
Algeria retained their early lead and took home the second and first African Nations Cup since 1990.