Mahrez's late victor takes Algeria to African Cup final

Monday, 15 Jul, 2019

After Mahrez's goal, they've got a chance of winning their second African Cup of Nations.

In a game of high drama, both teams missed penalties within a few minutes of each other in regulation time at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.

"I do not know exactly the seriousness of my injury".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria will face Algeria at the semi-finals of the AFCON 2019.

The first semi-final has been decided and its Senegal who are through to the finals on Sunday. We beat them 3-1 (in Uyo) and they made lots of individual errors and defensives mistakes that made it easier for us to win.

Nigeria and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has acknowledged that while his team has developed momentum as the tournament has worn on, they're remaining as grounded as possible.

Algeria started brightly dictating the tempo and they should have taken the lead as early as the eighth minute after Daniel Akpeyi fumbled a cross from the right, but Baghdad Bounedjah could not convert in front of an open goal. "Even the defeat helped us to be more humble and sometimes it is good also".

"One thing my coach (Gernot Rohr) has always said over and over again is no fouls especially around the box".

"After three hard matches in the first round, we gained momentum in the knockout stages".

The two nations have previously met 8 times with two wins for either and the rest stalemates. That said, the Desert Foxes emerged victorious during their last meeting with Nigeria - a rare 3-0 win in World Cup qualifiers back in November 2017, which ended a 27-year winless streak against the West African side. "Hopefully we can go further and reach the final of the African competition".

"For long time now I've been dreaming of winning this very important title with my team". Algerian's impressive Adam Ounas and his Nigerian counterpart Odion Ighalo are joint-scorers and potential match winners for their respective teams.