MATCH CENTRE

MON 01 JULY 2019, 21:00, AL SALAM STADIUM, CAIRO

0
VS
3

Algeria ease past Tanzania

by BackPageTXT

Mon July 01, 23:00

Algeria have topped Group C at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a full haul of nine points following a comfortable 3-0 win over Tanzania at the Al Salam Stadium on Monday night.

The Fennec Foxes will advance to play a third-placed team from Group A or B in their last 16 clash at the 30 June Stadium on Sunday 7 July. As for the Taifa Stars, their first AFCON appearance since 1980 has ended with three defeats from as many matches.

Algeria, who made nine changes compared to their last outing, had an early chance to claim the lead with just three minutes on the clock, but a sweeping counter attack ended with youngster Hicham Boudaoui putting a low shot just wide of goalkeeper Metacha Mnata’s right-hand post.

Mnata was on hand to make an excellent save from Ismael Bennacer in the 16th minute, reacting sharply to a volley from the Algerian attacker as his team began to build pressure through their relentless dominance.

The Fennec Foxes finally broke through in the 35th minute, with Adam Ounas playing a great pass to find Islam Slimani in between the Taifa Stars’ centre-backs – the striker duly provided a cool finish to put the North African side 1-0 up.

Ounas and Slimani combined again for a goal four minutes later, but his time it was Slimani with the assist as he played the young midfielder in with a first-time pass. Ounas finished past Mnata to make it 2-0.

The 22-year-old completed a brace in injury time at the end of the first half, running onto a great through ball (again from Slimani) before rounding the ‘keeper and sliding a low shot into the unguarded net for a 3-0 lead at the break.

Algeria continued to create scoring chances in the second half, but their finishing skills abandoned them. Nonetheless, Djamel Belmadi’s team had done all the hard yards to earn the three points and will head into the knockout rounds as one of the teams to watch.

Tanzania did have a couple of great chances to score a consolation goal late on, though substitutes John Bocco and Abdillahie Yussuf were both guilty of failing to hit the target, summing up the East African side’s fortunes in Egypt.

Tanzania 0
Algeria (3) 3 (Slimani 35’, Ounas 39’ 45+1’)

Tanzania: Mnata, Nyoni, Morris (Mkami 52’), Husseini, Mtoni, Ramadhani, Salum (Bocco 85’), Yahya Abbas, Samatta, Msuva, Mussa (Yussuf 46’)

Algeria: Mbolhi, Zeffane, Fares, Tahrat, Halliche, Abeid (Bounedjah 79’), Boudaoui, Bennacer (Guedioura 57’), Delort, Ounas (Mahrez 74’), Slimani

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE AL SALAM STADIUM, CAIRO
TANZANIA GOALS ALGERIA GOALS
13. Islam Slimani (35')
12. Adam Ounas (39')
12. Adam Ounas (45 + 1')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
TANZANIA STARTING LINEUP ALGERIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
13
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
52'
6
Defender
18
Defender
20
Defender
3
Defender
22
Defender
6
Defender
15
Defender
77'
5
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
39'
45 + 1'
74'
12
Midfielder
46'
17
Midfielder
74'
14
Midfielder
85'
3
Midfielder
57'
22
23
Midfielder
79'
19
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
35'
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
Abdillahie Yussuf
Forward/Striker
46'
9
Adlene Guedioura
Midfielder
57'
17
Himid Mao Mkami
Midfielder
52'
7
Riyad Mahrez
Forward/Striker
74'
7
John Bocco
Forward/Striker
85'
14
Baghdad Bounedjah
Forward/Striker
79'
9
CARDS
Abdillahie Yussuf
Forward/Striker
47'
9
Hicham Boudaoui
Midfielder
74'
14
Rafik Halliche
Defender
77'
5
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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