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I wonder if that might end up as an own goal.
Anyway, Algeria have a free-kick now as Sofiane Feghouli is fouled. Senegal are shell-shocked.
Baghdad Bounedjah’s finishing has actually been pretty bad all tournament. He’s worked so hard, making good runs but then missing when he gets the chance. Until now. Albeit with a huge hand.
I honestly can’t think of a goal which has ever risen and dipped like that.
Absolutely remarkable, Algeria lead early on with their first attack.
Baghdad Bounedjahcuts in from the left and hits a shot, which takes the hugest of deflections off the sliding Salif Sane.
It loops so high into the air, almost into the Cairo sky, over the goalkeeper and then dips at the last second to enter the net.
Senegal straight on the attack and an Henri Saivet cross ricochets out for a goal-kick.
BBC World Service in Cairo
There’s no doubt that Algeria have played the best
football at this tournament, from start to finish.
They’ve been the most consistent and sometimes the most
entertaining team here in Egypt.
With Senegal, you get the feeling that they haven’t quite clicked yet,
which means that perhaps there is still more to come.
Will they be as solid though without their star defender?
Former Senegal midfielder Alassane N’Dour told me he’d rather it was Sadio
Mane who was suspended than Kalidou Koulibaly.
For me Algeria start as slight favourites. But when I
spoke to Sadio Mane on Wednesday it was clear that this is a final he’s been
dreaming about since he was a a nine-year-old boy watching the great 2002 team in
a Cup of Nations final on TV.
It is genuinely like a home game for Algeria as their anthem is played. A huge following at the Cairo International Stadium.
Senegal forward Sadio Mane says he would swap his Champions League winning medal with Liverpool for winning the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.
His pre-season training with Liverpool started 363 days ago.
“For sure, I would be ready even today [to swap],” Mane told BBC Sport.
“Maybe I don’t need to swap when we win it hopefully.
“We know it won’t be easy but it’s normal, it’s part of football. Algeria is a great team and now I’m just looking forward to playing in the final and to win it.”
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Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi said his side would “fight” to try and win the tournament for a second time.
“To the Algerian people, I want to say: I’m not a politician, not a miracle worker or a wizard,” he added.
“But we will fight like we have fought to this point.
“If you get to the final, the aim is obviously to win it. The game in the group stage wasn’t decisive but now it is and that’s the difference.”
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse missed the decisive penalty kick in the shootout against Cameroon in their only previous final.
“Having lost that final, I still have it on my mind,” he said.
“What motivated me to become a coach was to be able to take Senegal to the final. My players told me they would do better than my generation.
Algeria are a great team and we respect them. We’re in the final now and determined to win.”
These sides met in the group stages, with Algeria winning 1-0.
Youcef Belaili blasted home the only goal of the game from the edge of box from Sofiane Feghouli’s cross.
It is only the fifth Africa Cup of Nations final to have two African head coaches – and the first since 1998.
Senegal boss Aliou Cisse and Algeria’s Djamel Belmadi both played for their countries in the early 2000s.
The pair were both born one day apart in March 1976, and both grew up in Champigny-sur-Marne, a suburb of Paris.
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TriathlonBaz:it’s got to be Senegal for the win tonight.
The game sees two of the Premier League’s top players go head to head.
Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2018-19, with Sadio Mane a key part of the Liverpool team that conquered the Champions League.
As well as scoring three goals, Mane has also missed two penalties. He came off penalty duty after that, but Henri Saivet missed a spot-kick in the semi-final against Tunisia.
Mahrez has also scored three, including one of the most important goals in Algeria’s history against Nigeria in the last four.
“Senegal is more than me of course,” Mane told BBC Sport. “I know Algeria have a good team and really good players like Mahrez.
“I think it’s going to be a really exciting final so can’t wait to be on the pitch.”
Simon Atkins:I reckon, the team who scores the most goals will win, or possibly the one who concedes the least!
Can’t argue with the logic