Algeria is the new king of African football. Having missed the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ™, the Desert Foxes restored their international reputation in Senegal’s Cof Africa Cup of Nations 2019 final on Friday in Cairo.
Algeria has returned to the African throne 29 years after its first continental title. Their long-awaited triumph ends a long phase in the wilderness, where they have struggled to gain a foothold in the Nations Cup. They either did not qualify for the competition or were eliminated in the group stage or in the quarterfinals. Her only notable achievement at this time was fourth place in 2010.
However, the Algerians were hardly mistaken in Egypt. After winning Group C with the most points from their three games and conceding no goals, they defeated Guinea 3-0 in the knockout stages before knocking out Côte d’Ivoire on penalties. Riyad Mahrez’s superb free-kick after a break gave Desert Foxes a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the semi-finals, while Baghdad Bounedjah’s early deflected goal was enough to secure victory for Djamel Belmadi’s men in the final against Senegal.
Senegal, who also played in Group C, lost 1-0 to the eventual champions but won the other two games and finished second. After losing to Algeria in the group, they won all knockout matches 1-0 and defeated Uganda in the second round, Benin in the quarterfinals and Tunisia after extra time in the semifinals.
Unfortunately for Aliou Cisse’s protégés, her dream of getting the cup for the first time was dashed by Algeria and her keeper Rais M’Bolhi, who dealt with everything the Lions of Teranga had to throw at him.
Nigeria became very comforting for their unlucky defeat in the semi-final, thanks to an early goal from Odion Ighalo in the play-off match against Tunisia in third place. The Super Eagles struggled to find momentum at the beginning of the tournament, coming from Group B and then had to dig deep to make it to the semi-finals, where they could push the later champions all the way.
Baghdad Bounedjah took the lead in the final after only 80 seconds, overtaking Salif Sane’s leg and the head of Senegal’s goalkeeper Alfred Gomis. With that he scored his second tournament goal and the fastest all-time in Africa Nations Cup final.
Madagascar was the first time in this competition and exceeded expectations with a 3-0 win over Tunisia. The Barea sat down in a free-flowing game against Nigeria 2-0 and prevailed in a last 16 thriller against the DR Congo. After a thrilling 2-2 draw, he won 4-2 on penalties extra time.
After three Group A victories without conceding, Egypt were knocked back to the ground in the last sixteen by a South African side that only reached the knockout stages as one of the best third division sides. placed pages. It was a particularly cruel blow to the most successful nation in the history of the competition, who wanted to raise the trophy for the eighth time in front of their own fans.