#AFCON2017: Algeria with one foot out of the cup after being defeated by Tunisia

Algeria’s hopes of making into the quarter finals are slim after losing 2-1 to north African Neighbours Tunisia.

It was Tunisia who came out strong in the second half of the match, as Youssef Msakni’s cross came off defender Aissa Mandi and into his own net. Things got much worse for the Desert Foxes after Faouzi Ghoulam conceded a penalty, Naim Sliti converted the penalty.

Algeria did get a goal, but it was too late, it was substitute Sofiane Hanni who scored one minute into stoppage time.

Georges Leekens made three changes to his side following the 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe. Both El Arbi Hilal Soudani and Rais M’Bolhi had to be changed due to injury, Rachid Ghezzal and Malik Asselah replaced them.

After a poor performance in the last game, Mokhtar Belkitier was replaced by Mohammed Meftah.

Algeria started the game strong with Islam Slimani winning a freekick just outside the penalty box, Yacine Brahimi took the freekick, but the shot was tipped over the bar by Aymen Mathlouthi.

Slimani then had a chance as a corner was knocked onto the path of the striker by Ramy Bensebaini, the header was then well saved by Mathlouthi.

Tunisia’s first chance of the game came in the ninth minute, Wahbi Khazri’s freekick tested the, replacement goalkeeper ,Malik Asselah.

Adlene Guedioura then decided to test the Tunisian goal stopper with a powerful shot, in the 11th minute, from 30 yards out, but Mathlouthi did well to push it away.

Tunisia then hit Algeria on the counter attack in the 17th minute, Ahmed Akaichi very nearly clear on goal but Mohamed Rabie Meftah cleared the ball out for a corner.

21 minutes into the game saw another great chance for Tunisia, as a corner went past the face of the goal and Akaichi very nearly was at the end of it.

Three minutes later saw Algeria attacking with Yacine Brahimi playing Slimani through, he then put a diagonal pass for Mahrez in the box, who shot with his weaker foot into the path of Mathlouthi.

Tunisia took the lead five minutes into the second half, a ball came in for Youssef Msakni into the box, he then crossed the ball into the centre and the ball came off Aissa Mandi who scored into his own goal.

Things got worse for Algeria after a Penalty was awarded to Tunisia in the 64th minute, it was Ghoulam with a bad headed back pass playing Akaichi through on goal, the Algerian fullback then took him out in the box.

Naim Sliti then converted the penalty sending Asselah the wrong way and gave Tunisia a two goal lead.

Algeria were close to getting a goal back in the 82nd minute, the ball came in for substitute Sofiane Hanni, who played Slimani through on goal, but the strikers shot is blocked by a defender.

Algeria eventually got a goal back in the first minute of additional time, Adlene Guedioura crossed the ball into the box and Hanni put the ball into the top corner of the goal, but it was just not enough as Tunisia took the three points.


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