VIDEO: On This Day in 2019 - Riyad Mahrez fires Algeria past Nigeria

VIDEO: On This Day in 2019 - Riyad Mahrez fires Algeria past Nigeria
Riyad Mahrez of Algeria celebrates goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Semifinal football match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 14 July 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jul 14, 2021. 17:00

On this day two years ago, Algeria booked their place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final with a 2-1 win over Nigeria at Cairo International Stadium.


An own goal from William Troost-Ekong was cancelled out by Odion Ighalo’s second-half penalty and with the game on the cusp of extra-time, Player of the Tournament Ismaël Bennacer won a free-kick on the edge of the area.


In what would prove to be the final kick of the game, Riyad Mahrez thumped a left-footed drive past Daniel Akpeyi in the Super Eagles goal and into the roof of the net as the Desert Foxes claimed a memorable win.


The Manchester City winger would go on to lead his team past Senegal in the final as Algeria claimed their second continental crown.


Relive all the drama, here:








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