Senegal Send Algeria Crashing Out Of AFCON In ‘African Classico’
A much changed Senegal team held Algeria to a two all draw in the final match of group B to end Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Algeria took the lead twice through a first-half brace from Islam Slimani but found themselves pegged back twice by goals from Pape Diop and Moussa Sow.
The North African side came into the match with one point from their two previous matches, needing to beat Senegal while hoping Zimbabwe did them a favour by doing the same to Tunisia in the other group B match which was played concurrently. None of those things happened, as Tunisia leapt into a commanding 2-goal lead in the first half.
Algeria’s star-studded team made to look ordinary
Disappointment for the Desert Foxes who have now crashed out at the first time of asking in two of their last three outings at AFCON is compounded by the fact that they are unlikely to make it to the World Cup next year, propping up their group with a solitary point from two matches. Even more worrying is that the players on parade have played much below their potential and George Leekens -barely 3 months into the job- looks certain to be the first casualty of a disastrous outing.
Senegal’s strength in depth
Billed as an African Classico by Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse, Senegal went ahead to make ten changes to the side that beat Zimbabwe with his team’s passage to the next round already assured after two 2-nil victories. He will no doubt be pleased with the solid performance from his reserve side, a number of them certainly made their case for a spot in the starting XI.
Group B results
Senegal 2-2 Algeria
Zimbabwe 2-4 Tunisia
Cameroon v Senegal
Burkina Faso v Tunisia