2019 AFCON: Algeria 2-1 Nigeria - AS IT HAPPENED

2019 AFCON: Algeria 2-1 Nigeria - AS IT HAPPENED
William Paul Ekong of Nigeria celebrates goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Quarterfinal football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 10 July 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jul 14, 2019. 22:51

Welcome to AfricanFootball.com's LIVE coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal between Algeria and Nigeria from the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday 14 July 2019.

Here are the line-ups:

Algeria: Mbolhi, Zeffane, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini, Feghouli, Guedioura, Bennacer, Mahrez, Bounedjah, Belaili

Nigeria: Akpeyi, Awaziem, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Collins, Ndidi, Etebo, Chukwueze, Iwobi, Musa, Ighalo

Live Commentary
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90+6' - Full time. Algeria 2-1 Nigeria - What an end to this semifinal! Algeria win 2-1 and advance to face Senegal in the final on Friday night!

90+5' - GOAL! Algeria 2-1 Nigeria - Brilliant strike from Mahrez, he fires it past the right hand of Akpeyi to win the game for the North Africans! What a goal!

90+4' - Free kick to Algeria in the 'D' of the penalty area! Could the Fennec Foxes steal this before extra time is called for?

90+3' - Bennacer nearly settles the game, firing a left-footed shot which beats Akpeyi but rattles the crossbar!

90+1' - There will be four minutes of added time.

89' - Feghouli with a lovely turn and shot just inside the area, but he ends his effort over the target!

88' - Onyekuru with a shot from just inside the box which deflects over the crossbar. No corner given though.

85' - Belaili tumbles as he looks to get around Awaziem, but there's no penalty for the North Africans.

82' - Mahrez with a good delivery into the penalty area from a free kick, but it's just too far ahead of Bounedjah.

81' - Iwobi with another long-range effort, but again it's not got enough power or placement to beat the Algerian goalkeeper.

78' - Nigeria substitution - Henry Onyekuru replaces Chukwueze.

75' - Fifteen minutes of regulation time to play. We are headed for an extra half hour as things stand.

72' - GOAL! Algeria 1-1 Nigeria - Ighalo tucks home the penalty and it's 1-1 between the teams in this semifinal!

71' - Yellow card - Mandi is booked and it's a penalty for the Super Eagles! It's not a controversial call... clear hand-ball inside the box.

69' - A VAR check for a potential hand ball from Mandi in Algeria's 18-yard area... this could be a penalty to Nigeria!

68' - Yellow card - Feghouli booked for a foul on Etebo in midfield.

67' - Chukwueze and Iwobi are coming more into the game now, Nigeria just beginning to find some rhythm in attack.

64' - Nigeria struggling to get their passing game going through midfield. The Super Eagles have been well below their best, but while it's only 1-0 they are still very much in the game.

61' - Corner kick to Nigeria. Chukwueze crosses and Mbolhi makes a fine catch in the middle of the penalty area.

59' - Iwobi tries a long range shot, but the ball skips well wide of the mark.

58' - Algeria's Guedioura receives treatment for an unintentional stomp on his foot from Musa. The veteran midfielder is fine to continue...

55' - Musa looks to break through on the edge of the box, but he's crowded out by Algerian defenders.

52' - Yellow card - Bounedjah booked for a late lunge on Iwobi.

51' - Algeria certainly not sitting on their lead, as they continue to dominate possession and push forward through the likes of Belaili and Mahrez.

49' - Bounedjah almost bursts through the defence, but the ball runs kindly for Akpeyi to collect.

46' - Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+1' - Half time. Algeria 1-0 Nigeria - The North Africans have a deserved lead at the break, while Nigeria will need to get their attack in gear in the second stanza.

44' - Momentary danger in the Algeria block when Ighalo charges down a defender's clearance, but the 'keeper is on hand to tidy up.

42' - Algeria's lead is a fair reflection of the match, given the chance they have already spurned.

40' - GOAL! Algeria 1-0 Nigeria - Great work from Mahrez down the right flank, his cut-back deflects off the foot of Collins and hits Troost-Ekong, who can do nothing to prevent an own goal!

38' - Ighalo with a snap shot from just inside the penalty area, but he sends a low effort wide of Mbolhi's right-hand post!

37' - Collins with a great recovery challenge to deny Bounedjah another chance at goal! Now the teams trade swift counter attacks for some breathless play!

36' - Less than 10 minutes left of the first half, still 0-0 here in Cairo. Can either side claim the first goal before the interval?

32' - Bounedjah tumbles in the box under a challenge from Troost-Ekong, but the referee dismisses the appeals for a spot kick.

31' - Chukwueze shoots on goal direct from a free kick, but Mbolhi makes a solid save.

29' - Bounedjah nicks the ball off Omeruo just outside the box and is faced with only Akpeyi to beat, but the shot is straight at the goalkeeper! A third big chance for the Fennec Foxes!

26' - A good battle developing between Iwobi and Guedioura, with the latter doing well to keep the Arsenal playmaker quiet so far.

23' - Midway through the first half, still goalless between Algeria and Nigeria.

20' - Musa cuts inside from the left and shoots on goal, but it's a tame effort and easily held by Mbolhi.

18' - Belaili looks to put Bounedjah in behind the defence, but Omeruo does well to nip in front of the forward and quell the danger.

16' - Now a free kick wide left for Algeria. Bensebaini has a free header but puts it over the bar! Another great chance spurned for the North Africans!

13' - Now Ighalo cleverly wins a free kick in the final third. Chukwueze looks for an in-swinging effort with his left foot, but the ball drifts out for a goal kick to Algeria.

11' - Sustained pressure from Algeria, with the Super Eagles needing Troost-Ekong to make an important block on Guedioura's shot!

7' - Belaili with a great cross from the left, Akpeyi misses the ball and Bounedjah - perhaps surprised that the ball even reached him - failed to turn it home from close range! Huge let off for Nigeria's defence!

6' - Now some time on the ball for Algeria. The Fennec Foxes have a strong section of support in the crowd cheering them on.

4' - Nigeria looking a little sharper in the opening minutes. The Super Eagles will be looking to use their pace and width to good effect.

1' - Kick-off - We are underway in Cairo! Algeria wear a change strip of all white, while Nigeria don their dark green second kit.

20:55 - The players have emerged from the tunnel and we are just a few minutes away from kick-off in the second 2019 AFCON semifinal.

20:45 - Our referee is Bakary Gassama from Gambia.

20:35 - Senegal have won their semifinal at the 30 June Stadium, meaning the winner of this game will face the Teranga Lions in Friday night's final at this venue.

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