Algeria turned into the third group to book their place in the 2019 Total AFCON round of 16 when they developed triumphant 1-0 from their Group C Matchday 2 spine chiller over the individual top picks and Africa’s best-positioned group Senegal on Thursday at Cairo based 30 June Stadium.
Youcef Belaili scored four minutes after the break to send Les Fennecs to the round of 16 as the third group to accomplish this after Nigeria and hosts Egypt.
Algeria raised their count to six points, three more than Senegal’s Teranga Lions. Tanzania and Kenya lock horns in the East Africa derby later at a similar scene.
The game began with the two sides receiving mindful strategies regarding their rival. The initial 15 minutes saw no activity on the two closures with the vast majority of the play being in the midfield. The game’s first genuine possibility tumbled to Youcef Belaili whose shot from a free kick following 16 minutes found the protected hands of Senegal’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Senegal’s star Sadio Mane attempted his karma from outside the zone however his free-kick went high over the crossbar at the 22nd moment.
At the half-hour mark, Baghdad Bounedjah ought to have given Les Fennecs the lead. The Algerian slender striker got a long ball and adjusted goalkeeper Mendy, only for Khalidou Koulibaly to clear the ball before the Algerian could send it home.
Also, just before the break, Riyad Mahrez discovered Bounedjah who indeed was the thistle with all due respect throat. Bounedjah attempted to misdirect Mendy at the close post yet observed his ball in the side netting as the primary half finished goalless.
Algeria continued as the better side and it took them only four minutes to take the merited lead. Sofiane Fighouli sent a calling cross that discovered Belaili whose shot was a lot for Mendy to manage.
Senegal reacted with wild assault attempting to discover the equalizer, while Les Fennecs depended on counter assaults. Badou N’diaye attempted to have the best of Algeria’s goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi yet observed his shot simply missing the objective at the hour mark.
Algeria’s choice Mahrez could have multiplied his side’s lead following 71 minutes however his shot in the wake of spilling past two Senegal protectors simply missed the objective.
M’bolhi spared Les Fennecs a short ways from time when he demonstrated sufficiently able to prevent Youssef Sabale’s shot from simply outside the zone, with Alfred N’diaye neglecting to associate with the bounce back ball.
Bounedjah botched the game’s last opportunity when he utilized a quick counter assault however his shot went simply wide.