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By Babajide Olaitan
Its the group of ‘death’ and ofcourse the dust has settled, no more who will drop out or qualify debate as Algeria alongside Ghana can boast of a quarter-final ticket.
Let’s quickly take a look at the prematch situations surrounding both teams.
-The Teranga Lions have won only 4 of their 18 games against the Desert Warriors of Algeria, losing 9 and drawing 5.
-However, the Teranga Lions have lost only once in their last seven meetings with Algeria (W4 D2).
-They have met only once before at the African Cup of Nations – with the Desert Warriors winning 2-1 in the semi-final of the 1990 tournament.
-The Desert Warriors have won only three of their last 15 AFCON group games (D5 L7).
-This is their 16th appearance in the AFCON, with their best performance coming in 1990 when they hosted it.
-Algeria have conceded at least once in each of their last eight AFCON games.
Now the dust has settled and both sides have learnt their lessons.
The match started with both sides aiming for qualification to the quarter-final spots respectively but Senegal fell back allowing two goals go past them, one from the foot of Riyad Mahrez in the 11th minute and the other Nabil Bentaleb in the 82nd minute.
Senegal needs to go back to the drawing board to reconfigure their bearing and come back stronger while Algeria looks forward to the quest of claiming the defenceless title.
Senegal finished with four points in group c ahead of South Africa with just a point which means they stand a better chance for a “best loser fantasy” which is impossible now.
The Teranga Lions showed character against Ghana but seemed not to get their bearing in other two games.
Algeria on the other hand finds themselves as runner-ups in the group as Head-Head record sees The Black stars ahead of them. This means they will face the table toppers of group d.
The African Cup of Nations tournament all in all have made sure of final qualification till the final match day which has shown how tough and tensed the competition is and has record on highes goal scored a three by the Foxes agains South Africa.
The highest goal margin so far is 3-1 which happened between Algeria and South Africa compared to the last edition in 2013 that saw Burkina Faso trounce Ethiopia by 4-0.