Afcon 2017: Second String Senegal Squad Ousts Algeria – ChimpReports

Afcon 2017: Second String Senegal Squad Ousts Algeria

Senegal makeshift captain Kara Mbodji dribbles away from Fennecs' striker Sofiane Hanni during the game

Islam Slimani scored in either half of the game but Algeria were held to a two all draw with tournament favourites, medications Senegal, as they bowed out of the 2017 Africa cup of nations without a single win.

Senegal entered the game with their quarter final berth already secured, prompting the coach to rest ten of his first team stars including Sadio Mane.

Slimani put the Desert Warriors ahead just after ten minutes of play. Sofiane Hanni forged his way in the left wing and then slotted a cross across goal which Slimani volleyed in.”then slotted one across goal for Slimani to volley in.

Pape Kouli Diop restored parity in the 44th minute after the Fennecs defense had failed to clear away an Ismaila Sarr cross. Diop collected the remains, packaged and sent it into the net.

The Fennecs returned from the breather with bad news that Tunisia was already leading Zimbabwe 4-1 in the other group match.

Nevertheless, Slimani revived Algeria’s hopes seven minutes later. The Leicester City star combined well with his club teammate Mahrez who chipped in for him to control and tap in.

Defender Cheikh Ndoye efforts to clear were futile as the ball had already crossed the the line.

Moussa Sow inflicted more pain on George Leekens’ boys with an equaliser even before the celebrations dust had settled. Sow pounced on a loose ball just outside the area and drilled a sumptuous low shot giving Malik no chance to put a hand on it.

Slimani had another chance -at least to win a game for his country- in the 77th minute from Hanni’s splitting pass that left him in a one-on-one situation with N’diaye but was quick to shoot, and span it wide.

Senegal progress to the quarter finals as group leaders together with second placed Tunisia while Algeria and Zimbabwe pack their bags.

Senegal: Khadim N’Diaye, Kara Mbodji (70′ Famara Diedhiou), Cheikh Ndoye, Mohamed Diame, Moussa Konate, (90′ Balde Diao Keita), Zargo Toure, Pape Kouli Diop, Badou Ndiaye (78′ Idrissa Gana Gueye), Ismaila Sarr,  Saliou Ciss

Algeria: Malik Asselah, Aissa Mandi, Faouzi Ghoulam, Liassine Cadamuro, Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Hanni (83′ Rachid Ghezzal), Nabil Bentaleb, Yacine Brahimi, Islam Slimani (80′ Baghdad Bounedjah), Adlene Guedioura, Mohamed Rabie Meftah.


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