Algeria go down in five goal Olympic thriller

Algeria go down in five goal Olympic thriller
during the U23 African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Algeria on 09th December 2015 at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar ©/BackpagePix

by BackPageTXT

Thursday Aug 04, 2016. 23:03

Algeria came close to opening the scoring in the 12th minute when Baghdad Bounedjah skipped past two defenders and fired a ferocious shot goalwards, but he was superbly denied by keeper Luis Aurelio Lopez.

A minute later Honduras took the lead when Rommel Quioto found himself in the right spot to tap home from close range after an initial stop from the Algerian keeper, 1-0.

Just after the half hour mark Honduras doubled their lead when Marcelo Pereira headed home a cross from Kevin Alvarez, 2-0.

The Algerians tried to hit back before the break, but entered half time trailing by two goals.

Algeria looked to have pulled a goal back six minute into the second half, but Ayoub Abdellaoui’s goal was disallowed due to him being in an off-sides position.

The North Africans continued to push forward and did find their first goal of the Olympics in the 68th minute when Sofiane Bendebka headed home a pass from Baghdad Bounedjah, 2-1.

Ten minutes later Honduras restored their two goal advantage when a mistake in defence gifted Anthony Lozano the ball on the edge of the box and he duly fired home to make it 3-1.

Algeria did not give up hope and scored their second goal in the 85th minute after Baghdad Bounedjah latched onto a cross from Raouf Benguit, and after a fine first touch fired the ball into the net, 3-2.

The North Africans tried to find an equaliser in the dying minutes of the game, but the Honduras defence stood firm to pick up the win.

Honduras (2) 3 (Quito 13’, Pereira 33’, Lozano 79’)
Algeria (0) 2 (Bendebka 68’, Bounedjah 85’)


Honduras: Lopez, Pereira, Alvarez, Vargas, Acosta (Paz 86’), Palacios, Lozano, Quioto, Banegas (Espinal 78’), Garcia, Elis (Benavidez 65’).

Algeria: Chaal, Demmou, Kenniche (Abdellaoui 30’), Bounedjah, Belkebla, Benkablia (Meziane 60’), Haddouche, Benguit, Bendebka, Ferhani, Ait-Atmane (Darfalou 71’).

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