Algeria bid farewell to the Africa Cup with a heavy defeat against Ivory Coast

Douala (Cameroon): Algeria has left in I anticipate the Africa Cup, which is currently being played in Cameroon, after suffering a serious 1-3 defeat against Ivory Coast, today, Thursday, in the third (last) round of Competitions Group E, which also saw the qualification of the Equatorial Guinea national team to the second round with a victory of 1 -0 on Sierra Leone. Cote d’Ivoire, which won the title in 1992 and 2015, kept the group lead with 7 points, one point ahead of their closest rival, Equatorial Guinea, third in group six in the first round, while the Algerian team is at the bottom of the table with one point. Ivory Coast, who made sure to reach the playoffs before playing today’s game, took advantage of the Algerian team’s defensive gaps, which rushed in attack given the need to win to ensure progress and continue the campaign to defend the title, obtained by the team (Desert Warriors) in the last edition that took place in Egypt in 2019. Frank Casey opened the scoring for Ivory Coast in the 22nd minute, before teammates Ibrahim Sinjari and Nicolas Pepe added second and third goals in the 39th and 54th minutes respectively. Algeria’s only goal came in the 73rd minute with Sofiane Bendabka, who made up for the penalty kick, which Riyad Mahrez missed in the 60th minute. his second group win, with a 1-0 win over Sierra Leone. The only goal for Equatorial Guinea, who beat Algeria with the same result in the last round, came with Pablo Jeannet in the 38th minute, while Ki Camara missed a penalty for Sierra Leone in the 85th minute Sierra Leone ended the game with ten men after Kwame Koi was sent off in the 90th minute This is the third time Equatorial Guinea have qualified for the round of 16, having passed the group stage during their two previous tournament participations in editions 2012 and 2015. Thus, in the next round, the Ivory Coast will meet Egypt, second in Group D, while Equatorial Guinea will meet the leaders of Group F. (Dpa)