Algeria's coach blames 'bad luck' for defeat by Tunisia

Mohamad Mosselhi , Thursday 24 Jan 2013

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic believes 'bad luck' cost his team their first match in Nations Cup against Tunisia

Algeria's head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, from Bosnia, throws a bottle reacting to a referee decision during their African Cup of Nations group D match with Tunisia Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 (Photo: AP)

Algeria's coach Vahid Halilhodzic has blamed the team's 'bad luck' for the 1-0 defeat to Tunisia that put Algeria in a critical situation in their group at the African Nations Cup.

Despite a strong performance from the Desert Foxes during Tuesday's game, Tunisia's forward Youssef Msakni delivered a stunning last minute winner to hand Tunisia a 1-0 win over Algeria in Group D opener.

"All the statistics were in our favour, that's why I have no regret for my tactics during this game," Halilhodzic said. "We had 15 shots to four for Tunisia, 10 per cent of ball possession more than our opponent but we lost game. Really, I am very surprised."

Halilhodzic hinted that he would make some modifications on Algeria's squad which will play against Togo on Saturday given the Algerians expect a positive result on Saturday's match to keep their hopes alive in the continental tournament.

Algeria now ranksat the bottom of the group without any points.

"Against Togo probably we will make some modifications in the squad. We should take the risk," he concluded.

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