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AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 2:56pm On Jul 07, 2019
Nigeria should be here

Senegal is here already!
A Dylan Bronn own goal inside 10 minutes of added time saw Senegal book their first Africa Cup of Nations final slot in 17 years after beating Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles 1-0 in a drama-filled match at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.

A fully contested tie saw the two sides miss a penalty each late in the second half, eight minutes apart. Tunisia had the first after 72 minutes which Ferjani Sassi missed while Senegal had their own in the 80th minute, missed by Henri Saivet.

There was more drama in the match in the final six minutes of the game when initially, referee Bamlak Tessema had given Tunisia a penalty after an apparent handball, but after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), turned over for a Senegal ball.



This was the first time that the referee physically went to the VAR which is being used in the tournament for the first time ever.

Senegal, who are yet to win any Cup of Nations title despite playing the most number of matches at the flagship African tourney can now dare dream as their tactician Aliou Cisse makes history by playing in two finals as a player (2002) and now as a coach.

Senegal should have been up by at least two goals by half time. The Lions of Teranga had literally the lion’s share of possession and chances in the opening 45 with one of the three tournament top scorers Sadio Mane having the best of the evening.

In the 37th minute, the Liverpool forward glided past Tunisian keeper Hassen Mouez off a Mbaye Niang pass, but his eventual effort went wide. Just a minute before that, Niang had a good chance when off Mane’s touch from a Youssouf Sabaly cross, his shot on the half turn skied.

Even before these two golden chances, Senegal had rattled the bar. In one of his many forays upfield from the left, Sabaly cut into some good shooting range but his rasping curling shot came thundering against the upright.

Tunisia didn’t create much, save for some two half chances after being forced to play on the back foot for most of the first half. In the 21st minute, Dylan Bronn’s header off a Wahbi Khazri free kick was deflected over and from the resultant corner, Youssef Msakni headed over.

Tunisia seemed to have picked a lesson or two from their first half performance as they came back stronger. Just two minutes after the restart they had a golden opportunity when the ball was planted behind Koulibaly in defense but Taha Khenissi lifted the ball over with only the keeper to beat.

Three minutes later, Sassi had a shot from the edge of the area saved after Tunisia turned over possession. In the 65th minute they had another golden chance when Sassi’s backheel found sub Naim Slitti, but his effort at gliding past the keeper was awry as the shot stopper gathered on the ground.



The best opportunity came in the 72nd minute when Sassi’s shot was blocked by Koulibaly’s arms, the ref pointing to the spot. Sassi stepped over and took a tame shot that was easily saved by Amigo Gomes.

Riyad Mahrez rifled in a stoppage-time free-kick to earn Algeria a dramatic 2-1 victory over three-time champions Nigeria on Sunday and set up a rematch with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Algeria led through a first-half own goal by William Troost-Ekong before Nigeria equalised with an Odion Ighalo penalty awarded after a VAR review.

However, as extra time looked necessary, Mahrez blasted in from 20 yards with the last kick of the match to send the Desert Foxes through to their first final since lifting the trophy for the only time in 1990.



Algeria will take on Sadio Mane’s Senegal for the title on July 19, in a repeat of a group stage clash they won 1-0.

An injury to Youcef Atal, who fractured his collarbone during the quarter-final win over Ivory Coast on penalties, forced Djamel Belmadi to start Mehdi Zeffane at right-back, while Nigeria fielded the same team that overcame South Africa here.

Algeria supporters filled most of the lower tier at one end of the ground, dwarfing a small section of Nigeria fans, but there were large swathes of empty seats at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.

Leading scorers in the tournament and considered the most impressive side, Algeria quickly asserted themselves as Ramy Bensebaini headed narrowly over before a wicked Youcef Belaili cross nearly lead to a goal for Baghdad Bounedjah.

Hesitant defending from Kenneth Omeruo just outside his own area then allowed Bounedjah to nip in, but the Al-Sadd striker could only shoot tamely at Daniel Akpeyi.

Seemingly having moved on from the penalty miss that reduced him to tears in the last round, Bounedjah was consistently proving a nuisance to a nervy Nigeria backline with Jamilu Collins relieved to see a toed clearance land on the roof of the net.

Nigeria countered intermittently as Ighalo dragged wide after Mahrez was caught in possession, but the Manchester City winger promptly atoned as Algeria made the breakthrough on 40 minutes.

After gathering the ball on the right Mahrez danced past Collins before sending over a cross that flicked off the left-back and struck a helpless Troost-Ekong in the midriff before tricking over the line.



Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has praised his side’s resilience, particularly the way they bounced back from a shock loss to Madagascar to eliminate defending champions Cameroon, and Nigeria again hit back with the aid of VAR.

Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 9:59pm On Jul 07, 2019
Awon ti tetelabi
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 9:55pm On Jul 10, 2019
Nigeria one step closer 2-1 against South Africa. Senegal on the journey too
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 7:55pm On Jul 11, 2019
Iya Mukina02 and Domiique Algeria na our foes for Semi, anyway we will beat them!
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by iwaeda: 9:08pm On Jul 11, 2019
Nigeria fit beat Algeria? Ebi pa ara ilu
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 9:17pm On Jul 11, 2019
iwaeda:
Nigeria fit beat Algeria? Ebi pa ara ilu
Yes. God will provide food for you
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 6:20am On Jul 12, 2019
One more game for Nigeria to be here!
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 5:47am On Jul 13, 2019
Wishing Super Eagles a super sucess
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 7:41pm On Jul 14, 2019
Senegal is here already, Congrats
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 8:03pm On Jul 14, 2019
Iya Mukina2 ATI Iya Dominique it may be two West Africa nations!
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by TheFacelessMan: 9:43pm On Jul 14, 2019
cool
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 9:54pm On Jul 14, 2019
Algeria scored last minute goal
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 10:10pm On Jul 14, 2019
Nigeria cant hold robosky for one minute!
Re: AFCON Final Algeria vs Senegal July 19, 2019 8Pm by Omooba77: 10:23pm On Jul 14, 2019
Painful will play 3rd our best option

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