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Africa Cup of Nations semi-final: Algeria v Nigeria

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

  1. talking to BBC Sport about the semis.

    “It’s a hard one to say. There’s still Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia. All four of us are capable of winning. We’ve all got quality players. I wouldn’t know who’s the favourite at this point in time,” he said.

    “Even though we were able to win two games in the group stage, it wasn’t the greatest performance but sometimes you know you don’t have to play well to win games.

    “Against Cameroon and South Africa I’d say we’ve done well, we dug deep. But it’s not the end, we have to continue against Algeria, we are very confident as we are able to beat the holders and a team that beat the hosts.

    “It gives us the confidence but we will stay with a bit of humility and hopefully go on and win the game.”

  • ‘They are the favourites, not us’

    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr:“After the difficult match against South Africa we had to recover first. Some of our players had minor injuries and they are receiving treatment.

    “We watched Algeria’s game against Cote d’Ivoire and were impressed by that very good game. We faced Algeria twice in the 2018 World Cup qualifications, but they are a much better side now.

    “This is going to be a more tough game.

    “As a coach I’m always optimistic. If we played like what we did in the past two games we could win.

    “We are playing against a team which everyone believes they were the best in the group stage, so they are the favorites not us. The four remaining teams are the best in Africa.”

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    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Algeria’s star is Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, with Napoli forward Ounas and Galatasaray’s ex-West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli also impressing in Egypt.

    Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi is one of Nigeria’s key men, alongside Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo and Villarreal youngster Samuel Chukwueze.

  • ‘There are no favourites’

    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi:“We tried to prepare well because we just played 48 hours ago so the most important is to recover well.

    “We are ready and will do our best to prepare for the coming game. This is the semi-final so there are no favorites, the chances are equal.

    “Of course this Afcon is more difficult than that we won at home in 1990. We have great supporters who make us keener to have some good results to make them happy.

  • How they got here

    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Algeria have arguably had the best tournament, winning all three group games – including a 1-0 win over Senegal.

    After beating Guinea 3-0 in the last 16, they needed penalties against the Ivory Coast to reach the semis.

    They are the only one of the semi-finalists to win their group.

    Nigeria were behind Madagascar in Group B after a sensational 1-0 defeat by the islanders, but beat Cameroon and South Africa in the knockout rounds.

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    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

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    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service in Cairo

    I’ve been so impressed by Algeria. Head coach Djamel Belmadi kicked a player out of the squad for a relatively minor off-field issue pre-tournament and that appears to have set the tone. They are tactically so disciplined, well-drilled and organised.

    Previous Algeria bosses have sometimes struggled to keep their players pulling in the same direction, but not Belmadi. They seem to really enjoy his style of management.

    Mix that organisation with the flair of Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas and Sofiane Feghouli and you have a team that look capable of lifting the trophy.

    Having said that, in the last round Ivory Coast showed that pace can cause problems at the back for Algeria, and Nigeria have a never-say-die spirit at this year’s Cup of Nations.

    I spoke to defender Kenneth Omeruo on Friday and he said it reminds him of the attitude when they won the title in 2013.

    Algeria maybe start as slight favourites but you just can’t write off this Super Eagles side.

  • Team news

    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Algeria make one change from their last game, Mehdi Zeffane replaces the injured Youcef Atal in defence.

    Nigeria are unchanged.

    Algeria:Mbolhi, Mandi, Benlamri, Zeffane, Bensebaini, Mahrez, Feghouli, Guedioura, Bennacer, Belaili, Bounedjah

    Nigeria:Akpeyi, Collins, Ekong, Awaziem, Omeruo, Ndidi, Etebo, Musa, Ighalo, Chukwueze, Iwobi

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    The winners of this game face Senegal, who have just beaten Tunisia in extra time.

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    Algeria v Nigeria (20:00 BST)

    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of Algeria against Nigeria in the second Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

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