- Senegal vs Algeria saw the Desert Foxes pip Teranga Lions 1-0 in the final game of AFCON 2019
- Baghdad Bounedjah netted the only goal of the final after two minutes
- Senegal had numerous chance to level score but failed to score at the blast of the final whistle
Senegal vs Algeria saw the Desert Foxes claim their second Africa Cup of Nations silverware on Friday, July 19, at the Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.
The encounter saw Baghdad Bounedjah net the only goal of the match after two minutes to deny Sadio Mane's Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium.
Teranga Lions made two changes in their starting XI from the team that defeated Tunisia in the semi-finals, with Salif Sane replacing suspended Napoli star defence ace Kalidou Koulibaly, in the heart of Senegal defence alongside Ismaila Sarr.
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The encounter at the Cairo International Stadium saw Baghdad Bounedjah 2nd minute goal enough for the North African side to claim the trophy for the second time in their history.
Algeria’s Desert Foxes started with the same team that ended Nigeria’s Super Eagles quest for the trophy in last Sunday’s semifinal clash.
The North Africans had a bright start as Bounedjahs strike in the second minute, took a deflection off Sane’s foot outside the 18 yard box, sailed over shot-stopper Alfred Gomis before dropping into net.
Senegal’s attempt to get back into the contest was well dealt with by the North Africans, who did not allow the Lions any room on the ball, even as Henri Saivet attempted a long range strike two minute from the half hour mark, Algeria’s goalie shot-stopper Rais M’Bolhi was on hand to save the danger.
Six minutes before the break, M’Baye Niang came close to levelling the scores but his half-volley sailed over the crossbar by inches.
The Teranga Lions had other couple of chances to net the equaliser in the closing moments of the first 45 minutes, but the Desert Foxes held on, to go into the break with a 1-0 advantage.
Senegal continued pressing for the equaliser after the restart and they came close to getting a lifeline on the 60th minute, after the referee made a penalty call courtesy of Sarr’s strike that caught Adlene Guedioura arm inside the box.
However, after reviewing the incident through the VAR monitor, the referee cancelled his earlier penalty decision.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Senegal came close again to draw level from Youssouf Sabaly powerful strike from the edge of the box, M’Bolhi was spot on to parry away the ball from the far post.
Senegal brought on striker Mbaye Diagne for midfielder Saivet with 15 minutes to go, but the Desert Foxes, held on to keep off the Teranga Lions from scoring, with the scoreboard reading Senegal 0-1 Algeria.
Sarr was offered one last chance to hammer home the equalizer in the closing moment of the contest, but he could only blast the ball over the bar.
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Algeria held on to claim second AFCON title at the blast of the final whistle despite other late chances for the West Africans.
A result that meant Senegal will continue searching for their maiden AFCON trophy when hostilities commence in Cameroon at the 33rd edition of the tournament in 2021.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported Nigeria's Super Eagles wrapped up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia at Al-Salam Stadium.
Coach Gernot Rohr's men got the game off to a bright start in the early minutes of the game after Odion Oghalo handed his side the lead in the 3rd minute of the match.
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