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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.
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#1 Algeria have more to their game than just Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez was a constant threat for Senegal.
Riyad Mahrez was a constant threat for Senegal.

Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez is a player that you can never give even a slice of freedom near the 18-yard box, as his wicked left-foot can unleash a lethal strike from that distance before the keeper can even react.

Heading into the fixture having scored in their opening fixture, there was a lot of talk about this match being a battle between Mane and Mahrez.

But as the game unfolded it became clear that Algeria have a great deal of talent in their attacking third and all of them are equally lethal on counter-attacks.

The only goal of the game was also result of one such counter-attack where Feghouli chased down the ball into the right-hand corner and crossed it to the edge of the box where Belaili timed his run to perfection and found the goal that proved to be the winner.


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