First Match First Win for Alcaraz

Lucas Alcaraz earned his first win in his first match as the new Algerian national team manager, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Guinea.

It was the Desert Foxes who took the lead in the first half through Sofiane Hanni. The visitors equalised in the second with a goal from substitute Camara Demba. It was Hilil Soudani who got a late goal to give Algeria the win.

Guinea had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute, after Keita’s shot went past the face of the goal.

It was a shaky opening 20 minutes for Algeria, Kamano causing problems, but his shot was easily caught by Rais M’Bolhi.

21 minutes into the game saw Adlene Guediora’s thunder strike fly inches over the Guinean goal.

Algeria came close to scoring five minutes later, Riyad Mahrez played a superb through-ball for Yacine Brahimi, the winger was unable to control the ball, Sofiane Hanni then recovered the ball and passed it to Islam Slimani, the striker was unable to score.

The 33rd minute saw Faouzi Ghoulam run down the wing, but he was unable to direct a low cross for Slimani at the back post.

Algeria was fortunate not to concede a minute later to the visitors as Kamano hit the crossbar from close distance.

The Desert Foxes took the lead in the 38th minute,  a great team play leads to Brahimi dribbling his way in the box and squared it for Hanni who tapped it in first time from close distance.

The visitors equalised in the 58th minute, it was Camara Demba who scored with his first touch of the ball.

Alcaraz opted to make a triple substitution for Algeria as Sofiane Feghouli, Hilel Soudani and Ryad Boudebouz replaced Yacine Brahimi, Ryad Mahrez and Sofiane Hanni.

The substitutes made a quick impact when Boudebouz played Sofiane Fegouli through with a clever touch, but the West Ham player was unable to keep his shot on target.

Algeria took the lead in the 79th through Faouzi Ghoulam’s cross which was deflected into the path of Soudani , who scored with a powerful volley.

Algeria’s next match will be against Togo on Sunday 11th June in the first match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

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