Africa Cup: Algeria wins final against Senegal
Algeria is Africa Cup winner. The team prevailed in Cairo in the final against Senegal 1: 0 (1: 0). It is the country's second triumph in the competition after winning the title in 1990. Algeria lost the final to Nigeria in 1980, finishing second in 1984 and 1988.
The Algerians' lead in front of 65,000 spectators was an early and strange one: In the third minute, Baghdad Bounedjah headed for the penalty area and pulled away - cheering as his shot was deflected by Senegal defender Salif Sané. The ball flew in a high arc to the goal, keeper Alfred Gomis could only look behind.
It was especially in the first half a heated, hard game with many fouls and a few swallows. The negative climax was an elbow strike by Liverpool star Sadio Mané against Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli (35 '). The attacker was lucky and was only admonished for the action.
Franck Ribéry was also there
The game also had other events: Mané flew in a shot of the shoe off the foot, a Senegalese player was lit in the execution of a free kick with a laser pointer in the face - and on the grandstand was ex-Bayern star Franck Ribery celebrated with the Algerians cheered.
After the shock of the early goal Senegal pushed for the equalizer - and was almost rewarded. However, the long-range shot by attacker M'Baye Niang narrowly missed the angle (38 '). Sané's long-range shot four minutes later was blocked to the corner.
In the second half, then a penalty decision made for excitement. A cross from Senegals Ndiaye jumped Mehdi Zeffane to the hand - his arm was however clearly put on. Referee Sidi Alioum from Cameroon first decided it was a penalty but was then corrected by the video referee (64 ').
Senegal was now the more active team, but could not take advantage of his chances. Niang missed the goal and Youssouf Sabaly's long-range shot was saved by Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi. Ismaila Sarr took a ball volley, but he also did not hit. And so it remained Algerian victory.
Senegal - Algeria 0: 1 (0: 1)
0: 1 Bounedjah (2)
Senegal: Gomis - Gassama, Sabaly, Sane, Kouytae - Gueye, Papa Ndiaye (59th Diatta) - Saivet (75th Diagne), Sarr, Mane - Niang (85th Keita Balde)
Algeria: Mbolhi - Zeffane, Bensebaini, Benlamri, Mandi - Mahrez, Feghouli (85th Tahrat), Bennacer, Guedioura - Belaili (84th Brahimi), Bounedjah (89th Slimani)
Referee: Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)
Yellow cards: Gassama, Gueye - Bensebaini, Belaili, Mandi, Guedioura