Friday, July 19, 2019- Curtains will come down on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations today when Senegal face off with Algeria at the Cairo International Stadium.
The Lions of Teranga defeated Tunisia 1-0 in the semis thanks to Dylan Bronn’s own goal in extra time, with the team keeping their fifth clean sheet of the tournament.
On the other hand, Manchester City ace, Riyad Mahrez, helped Algeria beat Nigeria in the semis with a sublime last-gasp free-kick goal.
Senegal are in the final for the first time since 2002, when Cisse, Faye and Diouf missed their final three penalties in the shootout to condemn them to defeat against current holders Cameroon following a goalless draw after 120 minutes. Go here>>>
Seventeen years on, Cisse has the chance to avenge that heartbreak as the Senegal coach leads his country to their third tournament of his reign, having taken them to the AFCON quarter-finals two years ago and the group stages of the 2018 World Cup.
Head to Head:
Senegal have not beaten Algeria in five meetings, losing four of them, and have never beaten these opponents at AFCON.
Algeria lost four in a row against Senegal between 2001 and 2008, although their last defeat in this clash was a late 1-0 defeat during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
Possible starting lineups:
SENEGAL: Gomis; Gassama, Kouyate, Sane, Sabaly; Ndiaye, Saivet; Diatta, Gueye, Mane; Niang
ALGERIA: M'bolhi; Atal, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini; Guedioura, Mahrez, Feghouli, Bennacer; Belaili, Bounedjah.
Prediction: Senegal 1-Algeria 1 Go here>>>
Algeria secured a 1-0 victory over Senegal when they met in the group stages but Senegal were undone by poor officiating since VAR was not available then.
While Sadio Mane and his troops are underdogs heading into the match, the pressure is on Algeria and we reckon that may work in Senegal’s favor.
However, these two sides are evenly matched and we expect a scoring draw with the winner being decided in the extra time.
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