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Ivory Coast Send Reigning Champions Algeria Crashing Out Of AFCON

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The Ivory Coast squashed a miserable Algeria 3-1 on Thursday with Nicolas Pepe among the scorers as the defending champs crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in the gathering stage.



Franck Kessie and Ibrahim Sangare scored in the principal half for the Elephants in Douala, while Pepe added one more objective after the break as the Ivorians completed top of Group E.

Riyad Mahrez hit the post with a final part punishment before Sofiane Bendebka pulled one back for Algeria with their first objective since showing up in Cameroon, however by then it was past the point of no return.

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It is the fifth time in the last six Cups of Nations that the defending champs have neglected to make the AFCON knockout stage, however there has seemingly never been a more regrettable title guard.

“A disappointment, straightforward as that,” was the manner by which Algeria mentor Djamel Belmadi summarized it.

“We never figured out how to take our risks, right from the beginning of the opposition. Indeed, even punishments we experienced issues with. We simply weren’t adequate.”





Algeria came to the competition on an unbeaten run extending back north of three years yet they were held by Sierra Leone in their initial match and afterward lost to Equatorial Guinea to experience a first loss in 36 matches.

They would have proceeded with a success against an Ivory Coast side previously ensured their position in the knockout rounds, yet at the same that never looked likely.



Their destruction was lapped up by the fans at the Japoma Stadium in Cameroon’s financial capital, with the 50,000-limit ground topping off as the game continued.

When the match was over it seemed as though fans had taken up a greater number of seats than the 60% limit forced as a feature of Covid limitations, and many attacked the contribute tumultuous scenes of festivity.

The Ivory Coast plainly had the sponsorship of the group and they will remain in Douala for a heavyweight last-16 tie against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt.



“I’m extremely, fulfilled with regards to what my group has done this evening,” said the Ivory Coast’s French mentor, Patrice Beaumelle, who has two times won the AFCON as an associate mentor and had some compassion toward Algeria and their bombed endeavor to hold the title.

“It is dependably troublesome on the grounds that it is a desired prize and when we won it with Zambia in 2012 that propelled a great deal of groups also.”
Tropical Guinea through



Tropical Guinea go through in runner up in Group E in the wake of overcoming Sierra Leone 1-0 in Limbe on account of a wonderful first-half strike from Pablo Ganet.

Kei Kamara missed a punishment for Sierra Leone as they go out while Equatorial Guinea will remain in Limbe for a last-16 tie against whoever wins Group F between Gambia, Tunisia and Mali.



The Group E results additionally guaranteed that debutants the Comoros go through and play has Cameroon next.

The Ivorians yielded a stoppage-time adjuster in their last game to draw 2-2 with Sierra Leone following a funny mix-up by goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.

He then, at that point, learned of the demise of his dad sometime thereafter, yet he kept his position in the Elephants line-up.



They went on halfway through the principal half toward the finish of an extraordinary move as Pepe cut the ball back for Kessie to wrap up.

It was 2-0 six minutes before the stretch as the plain Sangare headed in Serge Aurier’s free-kick.

Algeria didn’t show up cocked and locked after the restart and they may have fallen further behind before Pepe completed eminently in the 54th moment to make it 3-0.



Mahrez then, at that point, hit the upstanding on the hour mark from a spot-kick granted for a delicate foul on Youcef Belaili.

They got a first objective in more than four hours of football when Aissa Mandi turned the ball back across objective for substitute Bendebka to score in the 73rd moment, however were saved additional wretchedness when Sebastien Haller’s late header was refused for offside.

Algeria's forward Riyad Mahrez reacts after Ivory Coast scored their fourth goal that did not count during the Group E Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Ivory Coast and Algeria at Stade de Japoma in Douala on January 20, 2022. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
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