RELIVE: Senegal v Algeria (2019 Africa Cup of Nation final)

Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Friday's match between Algeria and Senegal in the 2019 African Nations Cup final

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Jul 2019,
Algeria v Senegal
Algeria's forward Baghdad Bounedjah shoots to score during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Final football match between Senegal and Algeria at the Cairo International Stadium (Photo: AFP)

Full time: Senegal 0-1 Algeria

The referee blows his final whistle, Algeria are crowned champions for only the second time in their history!! 

90+2' Algeria defender Aissa Mandi receives a yellow card 

90' The referee adds four minutes of stoppage time 

89' Algeria make their third substitution, goal scorer Bounedjah makes way for Islam Slimani 

88' Gueye astonishingly opts to shoot rather than send a cross, firing it high over! 

87' Senegal substitute Keita Balde awarded a free kick on the left, giving his team a chance to equalise from a dangerous-looking set piece 

85' A second substitution for Algeria, Mehdi Tahrat replaces Sofiane Feghouli

84' Algeria make their first substitution, Yacine Brahimi replaces Belaili 

83' A chance for Senegal! A loose ball falls to Sarr but his right-foot volley from inside the area goes over the bar 

82' Eight minutes remaining, can Senegal force an extra time? 

79' Senegal midfielder Gueye is booked for a foul on Belaili 

75' Senegal make another substitution, Henri Saivet is replaced for Mbaye Diagne. 

74' Belaili's deflected cross goes just over the bar! Algeria could have scored another lucky goal 

73' Mahrez's inviting free kick is cleared by the defence 

69' Algeria keeper M'Bolhi pulls off a great save to tip over a powerful shot from Sabaly 

66' Senegal waste a golden chance to equalise! A threaded pass releases Niang and a rush out by Rais M'Bolhi allows the striker to skip past the keeper, only to blast his angled shot wide with the goal gaping
62' The referee changes his mind after the VAR review, no penalty! 

61' The referee checks the VAR to see if Adlene Guedioura will be penalised for a handball


59' Senegal make their first substitution, Krepin Diatta replaces Badou Ndiaye

58' In a rare effort for Senegal, Youssouf Sabaly feeds Mane with a short pass but the Liverpool forward's attempted cross is blocked

56' Algeria's rough tackles make life difficult for Senegal 

54' Algeria's Belaili receives a yellow card after protesting a referee's decision 

51' Algeria remain cautious, but they can unsettle Senegal should they push forward a bit

49' An Algerian free kick is cleared by the defence. Can the Algerians kill off the game? 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

45' Mehdi Zeffane makes a timely interception to clear the danger before Ismaila Sarr controls a long ball in the area 

43' Algeria are standing firm in the face of Senegal's attempts 

38' Senegal create their first chance! M'Baye Niang fires a sublime volley that goes just over the crossbar 

35' Sadio Mane is caught by television cameras shoving Sofiane Feghouli

34' Algeria defender Ramy Bensebaini receives a yellow card 

33' There are some flying tackles from both sides 

31' Cheikhou Kouyate receives treatment after being fouled by Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer

27' Algeria keeper Rais M'Bolhi collects a long-range free kick from Senegal

24' Algeria appear very compact and organized on the pitch, leaving little space for Senegal to operate 

21' Algeria's Ramy Bensebaini heads away a Senegalese cross

17' Senegal gradually improve, but they are yet to create openings 

14' A wayward header from Senegal's Cheikhou Kouyate following a free-kick goes wide 

11' Algeria's attacking trident are causing all sorts of problems to Senegal's defence 

8' Senegal are still struggling to get out of their own half 

5' Algeria make an explosive start! They are also pushing forward to score a second 

2' Baghdad Bounedjah gives Algeria an early lead for his second goal of the tournament. His shot from the edge of the area deflects off a defender and loops over the advancing keeper, going in off the post 


1' A dangerous-looking low cross from Senegal in the first minute ricochets off a forward and goes out for a goal kick 

The match is underway 

Starting lineups:

Algeria: R. M'Bolhi; D. Benlamri, A. Mandi, M. Zeffane, R. Bensebaini, S. Feghouli, A. Guedioura, R. Mahrez, I. Bennacer, Y. Belaïli, B. Bounedjah.
Senegal: A. Gomis; L. Gassama, Salif Sane, Y. Sabaly, H. Saivet, C. Kouyate, I. Gueye, Badou N'Diaye, M. Niang, S. Mane, Ismaila Sarr.

20:20 Players are on the pitch to start their warm up

20:00 The Egyptian, Algerian and Senegalese leaders are attending the final at Cairo Stadium. 

19:40 The closing ceremony starts. 

Closing ceremony
Photo: AFP

19:30 This is the most attended game in this edition apart from Egypt's matches. There are more than 30,000 supporters at Cairo Stadium.  

19:15 And the Senegalese are also buzzing at Cairo Stadium.

Photo: AFP

18:30 Algerian fans are chanting in the stadiums hours before kick off.

(Photo: REUTERS)

18:00 Algeria coach Belmadi has deployed Mehdi Zeffane on the right flank while Aliou Cisse will have to choose between Pape Cisse and Salif Sane to replace Koulibalay who played all the previous games.

17:00 Each team has one major absence. Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly will miss the game due to suspension while Algeria's right back Youcef Attal is injured.

16:00 Senegal met Algeria in the groupstage as the two teams were paired in Group C, the Algerians won the game 1-0.

15:00 Senegal coach Aliou Cisse praised his players, confirming the Teranga Lions have a chance in winning the title for the first time in their history.

14:30 About 3,000 Algerian fans arrived Friday at Cairo airport on board 14 planes to attend the Desert Warriors' clash against Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)'s final match.

The Algerian government has decided to operate 28 flights to Egypt to carry fans wishing to support their national team.

14:00 CAF assigned the Cameroonian referee Sidi Alioum instead of South Africa's Victor Gomez to officiate the AFCON 2019 final game without giving any reasons, after the African confederation announced on Tuesday that Gomez will arbitrate the game.

13:00 Algerian national football team coach Djamel Belmadi has expressed his pleasure with the huge number of fans who attended the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal, asking them to stick with the orders, after the game, whatever the result.

12:00 Algeria booked their place in the tournament's final after achieving a dramatic 2-1 victory against Nigeria in the semi-final, while Senegal made it to the final by defeating Tunisia 1-0.

Venue: Cairo Stadium 

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