Senegal 0-1 Algeria: Freak goal gives Riyad Mahrez and co win Africa Cup of Nations

19 Jul

Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1990 after securing a 1-0 triumph over Senegal.

Baghdad Bounedjah’s strike inside two minutes, an effort which took a big deflection off Salif Sane was all that separated the two sides in Cairo.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and his Algeria team-mates celebrate at the end of the game

Senegal, who last made the final in 2002, thought they were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty in the second-half for a handball only for it to be overturned after a VAR review.

It means the wait for Senegal, whose star player is Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, for a first AFCON crown goes on while Algeria have won it for the second time.

However, it was Mane and co who were the better side but M’Baye Niang and Rais M’bholi were unable to convert their two best chances.

But the decisive moment of the game came when there was a reversal of the decision to award Senegal a penalty on the hour mark.

A cross by Ismaila Sarr struck Adlene Guedioura’s arm and referee Neant Alioum gave the spot-kick, however, he quickly indicated that a VAR review was under way.

And after watching replays on the pitch side monitor, which clearly showed Guedioura’s arm being by his side, Alioum changed his mind.

It was the correct decision but the result was harsh as Algeria won the final despite only managing one shot on goal.

Mane and Senegal’s wait for a first AFCON crown goes on

Senegal vs Algeria live stream: Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez face off in AFCON final – kick-off time, TV info and team news

18 Jul

Senegal and Algeria are set to go head-to-head as they both strive to claim glory in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal, lead by Liverpool star Sadio Mane, beat Tunisia in the semi-finals after a shock own-goal by Dylan Bronn in extra-time.

Sadio Mane’s Senegal take on Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations final

Algeria, meanwhile, reached the final thanks to a stunning 95th-minute free-kick from Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

Senegal have never won the AFCON trophy with their best finish coming as runners-up in the 2002 tournament.

They will now take on the 1990 winners Algeria in Cairo on Friday.

Senegal vs Algeria: Date and kick-off time

The Africa Cup of Nations final will take place on Friday, July 19 and will kick off at 8pm UK time – that is 9pm in Egypt.

It is taking place at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.

Senegal vs Algeria: TV channel and live stream

The final will be shown live on Eurosport 2 with coverage underway from 7.45pm.

You can live stream this via the Eurosport Player from £4.99 a month.

You can also get a seven-day FREE trial to this app through Amazon Prime, which will cost £6.99 a month afterwards.

Algeria star Riyad Mahrez will be key against Senegal

Senegal vs Algeria: Squads


Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo, Alfred Gomis, Edouard Mendy

Defenders: Lamine Gassama, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Saliou Ciss, Moussa Wague, Youssouf Sabaly, Pape Abou Cisse

Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Alfred N’Diaye, Henri Saivet, Badou Ndiaye, Krepin Diatta, Sada Thioub

Forwards: Sadio Mane, Moussa Konate, Keita Balde, Ismaila Sarr, M’Baye Niang, Mbaye Diagne

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Goalkeepers: Rais M’Bolhi, Azzedine Doukha, Alexandre Oukidja

Defenders: Aissa Mandi, Mehdi Zeffane, Ramy Bensebaini, Rafik Halliche, Mehdi Tahrat, Djamel Benlamri, Youcef Atal, Mohamed Fares

Midfielders: Haris Belkebla, Ismail Bennacer, Mehdi Abeid, Sofiane Feghouli, Adlene Guedioura, Hicham Boudaoui

Forwards: Adam Ounas, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Yacine Brahimi, Baghdad Bounedjah, Youcef Belaili, Andy Delort

Clarence Seedorf reportedly sacked as Cameroon manager as sports minister says he is ‘not fit for the job’ on live television

16 Jul

Clarence Seedorf has reportedly been sacked as Cameroon manager after a poor performance at Africa Cup of Nations.

The country’s sports minister, Narcise Mouelle Kombi, criticised the former Netherlands international on live television and said he would be axed from his position.

The Indomitable Lions were knocked out of the tournament at the round of 16 stage when they were beaten 3-2 by Nigeria.

Clarence Seedorf was only appointed as Cameroon boss in August
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The Cameroon Football Federation have not yet released an official statement to confirm or deny Seedorf’s rumoured sacking.

Sports minister Kombi said on CRTV: “The question of keeping Seedorf at the helm of our national team is there for all to see.

“I don’t believe, based on all circumstances that have been created, we will find an answer in terms of renewal.

“Him staying seems problematic to me. I asked the president of the FA to notify him in accordance with the provisions of his contract.

“Our national team played in an inefficient, monotonous and predictable way. There was no real leader in the squad.

“Our exit from the Africa Cup of Nations in the last 16 confirmed our coaches inability to build a winning team.

“He’s shown great difficulty in managing the squad and imposing order and discipline. He’s not fit for this job.”

Seedorf, the former Netherlands international, was appointed Cameroon manager in August 2018 with former Ajax and international team-mate Patrick Kluivert named as his assistant.

He had previously spent brief spells in charge of AC Milan, Shenzhen and Deportivo La Coruna before taking the Cameroon job.

Riyad Mahrez scores last-gasp stoppage time free kick to send Algeria to Africa Cup of Nations final

14 Jul

Riyad Mahrez scored a fantastic free kick with the last shot of the game to take Algeria to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final.

With the semi-final against Nigeria tied at 1-1, and with the clock running over into a fifth minute of a supposedly four-minute stoppage time period, Mahrez stepped up and proved why he is his country’s talisman.

The Manchester City winger effectively gave his country the lead in the first half as his creative cross forced Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong to deflect the ball into his own net.

However, the ‘Super Eagles’ hit back on 72 minutes when ex-Watford man Odion Ighalo stroked home a VAR-awarded penalty.

As time continued to run out, Algeria wasted several chances to clinch the victory, but were given a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box with just seconds remaining.

Riyad Mahrez was the match-winner

Knowing it would be his last opportunity, Mahrez smashed the ball across goal into the far side netting, causing elated pandemonium to break out among his teammates.

The win takes Algeria into the AFCON final where they will meet Senegal on Friday.

Watch Algeria defender use Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha’s hand to hit HIMSELF in the face to try to win foul

12 Jul

Algerian left-back Ramy Bensebaini was the centre of attention after the final whistle went in the African Cup of Nations quarter final tie between Algeria and Ivory Coast.

The match ended with Algeria going through via penalties after the game finished normal and extra time at 1-1.

However during the game, Bensebaini appeared to grab Ivorian attacker Wilfried Zaha’s arm and hit himself in the face with it – an attempt to get the dangerous Crystal Palace star sent off.

Referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa did not fall for the Algerian’s antics after the pair had already been booked for an incident that occurred earlier in the first half – the two players squaring up to one another.

Bensebaini, 24, had started the game well as he provided the cross to former West Ham United winger, Sofiane Feghouli who slotted in the opener on the 20 minute mark.

Zaha was asked about the Arsenal bid by reporters in a post match interview after Ivory Coast were knocked out by Algeria.
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But during the scandalous incident with Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha, the Algerian defender lost all class as he rolled around on the floor writhing in pain – a very childish act.

Before the shootout began, Algeria had already missed an earlier penalty in normal time, a chance to go 2-0 up, before Al Sadd hit the woodwork.

Zaha was withdrawn from the Ivory Coast side in extra time so wasn’t available to take a spot kick – he was aiming to add to the two goals he had already scored in the tournament so far.

It was instead the Algerian who stepped up first in the shootout, calmly slotting his penalty away, with Algeria going through to face Nigeria in the semi-final on Sunday.


Tottenham news: Serge Aurier ‘injures his hand’ in Ivory Coast dressing room during Africa Cup of Nations win over Mali

11 Jul

Serge Aurier managed to injure himself during Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations win over Mali without even playing.

The Tottenham defender sat out of the last 16 clash as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Serge Aurier has a hamstring and now hand problem
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The 26-year-old is believed to have hurt his right hand while banging the table to encourage his team-mates, according to Reuters.

Aurier was seen leaving the stadium with his hand in a splint adding to his existing hamstring injury.

He said after the game: “We got a little heated, because in the game we were not good. I hit the table and there you go.

“At home, when things go wrong, the parents scream at us. It’s the same thing. We had to have no regrets.”

Wilfried Zaha scored the winning goal for the Ivory Coast as they beat Mali 1-0 to make it through to the quarter-finals.

They go on to face Algeria for a place in the semi-finals but it remains to be seen if Aurier will be fit due to his hamstring and now hand problem.

That first injury was picked up earlier in the tournament during Ivory Coast’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco.

Tottenham signed Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 for around £26million.

He has suffered a number of injury problems over the last season and was restricted to just 17 appearances in all competitions in the last 12 months.

Mohamed Salah devastated by Egypt Africa Cup of Nations loss, which saw boss Javier Aguirre sacked

8 Jul

Mohamed Salah’s hopes of adding another trophy to his season were ended by South Africa in the last 16 on Saturday.

His Egypt side were eliminated in the Africa Cup of Nations by an 85th-minute Thembinkosi Lorch goal in Cairo, where Salah played the whole match.

Salah was close to tears as he left the pitch in Cairo following Egypt’s last 16 defeat
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And on the final whistle the top scoring Liverpool forward appeared inconsolable and close to tears. It was only in June when he was celebrating Champions League glory with his club and despite going into the tournament, hosts Egypt were flat in the knockout stage.

Salah scored twice en route to the game as Egypt came through their group with a 100 per cent record, but was understood to be ill going into the last 16 tie.

Following the defeat, manager Javier Aguirre lost his job and Egypt Football Association president Hany Abo Rida has resigned.

The forward will now go on holiday before returning to Liverpool for pre-season training ahead of their Premier League opener against Norwich on 9 August.

Before that, though, the Reds play Tranmere, Bradord City, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Sporting, Napoli and Lyon in July, while there is the Community Shield final on 4 August against Manchester City.

Egypt’s elimination means Salah should be back for the game against Lyon, in Geneva on 31 July.

Sadio Mane, meanwhile, will remain in Egypt a little longer as his Senegal side reached the quarter-finals at Uganda’s expense.

Egypt vs South Africa: How to watch Mo Salah, plus free live stream, TV channel and UK kick-off time for AFCON clash

6 Jul

Egypt face South Africa today as they continue their bid for an eighth Africa Cup of Nations title.

Mo Salah and co eased through their group with three wins and will now take on 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in the Round of 16.

Mo Salah is looking to win the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt
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The Egyptians came runners-up in the 2017 tournament, being beaten 2-1 by Cameroon to miss out on the trophy.

But Salah’s side are firm favourites to lift it in this year’s final in Cairo on July 19.

Egypt vs South Africa: Date and kick-off time

This Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 clash will take place on Saturday, July 6 and will kick off at 8pm UK time – that is 9pm in Egypt.

It is taking place at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.

Egypt vs South Africa: TV channel and live stream

Egypt vs South Africa will be shown live on Eurosport 2 with coverage underway from 7.45pm.

You can live stream this via the Eurosport Player from £4.99 a month.

You can also get a seven-day FREE trial to this app through Amazon Prime, which will cost £6.99 a month afterwards.

The Egyptian King Mo Salah

Egypt vs South Africa: Squads


Goalkeepers: Mahmoud ‘Genesh’ Abdelrahim (Zamalek), Mohamed el Shenawy (Al Ahly), Ahmed al Shennawy (Pyramids)

Defenders: Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy (both Zamalek), Omar Gaber, Ahmed Ayman Mansour (both Pyramids), Ayman Ashraf (Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa/ENG), Baher El Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG)

Midfielders: Nabil Emad Donga (Pyramids), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal/ENG), Ali Ahmed Ghazal (Feirense/POR), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Kasimpasa/TUR), Abdullah al-Saeed (Pyramids), Waleed Soliman (Ahly), Amr Warda (Atromitos/GRE)

Forwards: Ahmed Ali Kamel (Al Mokawloon), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiakos/GRE), Marwan Mohsen (Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/ENG)

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South Africa

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Innocent Maela

Midfielders: Dean Furman, Thulani Serero, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Hlompho Kekana, Bongani Zungu, Themba Zwane, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Samuel Mabunda

Forwards: Percy Tau, Lebohang Maboe, Lebo Mothiba, Thembinkosi Lorch, Lars Veldwijk

Wilfried Zaha: Arsenal target nets during Ivory Coast victory over Namibia at Africa Cup of Nations

1 Jul

Wilfried Zaha showed why Arsenal are so desperate to sign him with a superb goal for the Ivory Coast during their 4-1 victory over Nambia.

The Gunners have tabled a £40m offer for the Crystal Palace, who slammed home a thunderous strike as his country sealed their place in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Goalkeeper Loydt Kazapua almost gifted the Elephants an opener when he fumbled a cross straight to Wilfried Bony, but blocked the former Swansea striker’s shot with his body outside the box before gathering his follow-up effort.

Max Gradel fired the Elephants in front six minutes before half-time when he was ruled marginally onside as he ran onto Franck Kessie’s superb lofted through-ball and fired across Kazapua.

And it was 2-0 just before the hour when Serey Die let fly from 35 yards and a deflection off defender Ryan Nyambe left the keeper helpless.

Zaha was denied two clear penalties before Namibia cut the deficit when goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo cleared the ball straight to Joslin Kamatuka, who shimmied past Serge Kanon before finishing.

But Zaha, who Palace value at £80m, and substitute Maxwel Cornet scored in the final 10 minutes to make victory safe for Ibrahim Kamara’s side, who finish second after South Africa conceded a late winner to group champions Morocco.

Liverpool news: Sadio Mane reveals he would swap Champions League winner’s medal for AFCON success with Senegal

25 Jun

Sadio Mane is so desperate to win the Africa Cup of Nations that he would swap his Champions League winner’s medal to taste glory in Egypt.

The Liverpool forward, who helped the Reds to a sixth European Cup earlier this month, leads a Senegal side who are among the favourites to be crowned champions of Africa at the biennial event this summer.

Sadio Mane played a key role in Liverpool’s Champions League success

A host of star-studded players, including Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye, join Mane in the country’s bid to win the competition for the first time in its history.

And while he knows the test that lies ahead, Mane is already dreaming of a glorious homecoming to Dakar.

“Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way,” the Reds forward told France Football.

“Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent.

“I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations.

“The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.”

The Lions of Teranga got off to the best possible start with a comfortable win over Tanzania on Sunday.

Mane missed the opener due to suspension, but goals from Keita Balde Diao and Krepin Diatta ensured a 2-0 victory in his absence.

The skipper will return for his country’s second group game against Algeria on Thursday.