The (un)luckiest goal to win a tournament ever? Algeria triumphs at the Africa Cup of Nations

The (un)luckiest goal to win a tournament ever? Algeria triumphs at the Africa Cup of Nations

After the Champions League final, another tournament's most important game was decided with a goal in the second minute. Algeria won its second Africa Cup of Nations despite Senegal being the better side for most of the match 1:0 (1:0).

The battle for the third place on Wednesday was decided with the goal in the third minute as Nigeria defeated Tunisia 1:0 (1:0), and the same score resolved the finale.

Senegal's first, and Algeria's second, that turned into a second continental title for the team from the north of Africa. Even though it was Senegal who played better, despite Algeria having a brilliant tournament until the final.

The last match couldn't have started better for them. Baghdad Bounedjah was perhaps the key player of the side in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 so far and he crowned his tournament with a goal in the final. One that was attributed to the Al-Sadd attacker, but took a huge deflection on the way to the net. Bounedjah cut inside from the left and fired off a powerful shot that glanced off the block of Salif Sane, went high up in the air, maybe even 10 metres, lobbed the keeper and found the small netting of his goal.

But Senegal was controlling the match, making chances. M'Baye Niang's stunning volley attempt in the 37' minute went just over the bar and Senegal also had a penalty appeal late in the first half that went unanswered.

The referee did award Nigeria a penalty early in the second half for a handball but changed his mind after using VAR.

Niang had a great opportunity in the 66' minute when he rounded the keeper, but he shot the ball high from a tight angle. Few other half-chances and long-range efforts from Nigeria weren't enough to make Algeria buckle despite the winners having just two shots at goal.

The final whistle ended a wait of 29 years, as Algeria last won the competition in 1990. 


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