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Africa Cup of Nations 2019, Senegal 0-1 Algeria: 5 Talking Points

Algeria’s forward Youcef Belaili celebrates with his teammates after scoring the only goal of the match.
Algeria’s forward Youcef Belaili celebrates with his teammates after scoring the only goal of the match.
Shubham Dupare

#2 Algerian defence did surprisingly well to keep the opposition's front three quiet

Algeria adopted a no-nonsense policy when it came to defending.
Algeria adopted a no-nonsense policy when it came to defending.

Though it might not have been pretty, Belmadi's men put on a resilient and united defensive effort to pull off a win against a team that had better odds heading into the fixture.

It seems they had one clear defensive strategy and that was to stop Mane from making inroads into their box and they did a pretty good job to keep the Liverpool forward silent

Not only did right-back Atal continue to irritate Mane, the center-backs also joined in the effort as they were helped with poor performances from Senegal's other attacking reinforcements.

The goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi was composed whenever it came down to him and made a crucial save in the 79th minute to deny Sabaly.

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