…Mahrez’s last-minute goal steers Foxes past Eagles into final

 

FOLUSHO ALADE

 

MANCHESTER CITY’S RIYAD MAHREZ goal from a free-kick at the edge of the box, with seconds left to play gave the DESSERT FOXES of ALGERIA  a 2-1 win over the SUPER EAGLES of NIGERIA and a  first Africa Cup of Nations Final match in 29 years.

In a pulsating semi-final encounter  of the 32ND AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS FINALS at the CAIRO INTERNATIONAL STADIUM on Sunday against a well organised Algerian side who broke the deadlock  in the 36th minute to register the opening  goal of the match no  thanks to  NIGERIA’S WILLIAM TROOST EKONG own goal after a counter attacking play.

Nigeria got a lifeline in the 71st minute when an Algerian defender handled the ball in the box and Referee PAPA GASSAMA from the GAMBIA awarded the Eagles a penalty kick. ODION IGHALO made no mistake to draw Nigeria level 1-1.

However , a rash tackle from LEICESTER CITY’S WILFRED NDIDI late into the second half gave the ALGERIANS a free-kick which was sublimely taken by talisman RIYARD MAHREZ to end the game at 2-1.

Defeat meant that THE SUPER EAGLES, who won the bronze medals when EGYPT last hosted the Africa Cup of Nations 13 years ago, will have to contest for the same reward against TUNISIA (beaten 1-0 by Senegal in the  first  semi final also on Sunday) at the AL SALAM STADIUM in CAIRO on Wednesday while ALGERIA take on SENEGAL in Friday’s final at the CAIRO INTERNATIONAL STADIUM.

 

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