Algeria wins 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

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Algeria wins 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria has 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.

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

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

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

With excitement the Algeria boss, Djamel Belmadi said that:

“Without the players I am nothing”.

“They are the main ones. I suppose the staff played its part in guiding the players but they applied the instructions incredibly well.”

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The Nation has gone from failing to get out of the group stage two years ago to win the tournament

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

 

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