Riyad Mahrez scored a free-kick in the 95th-minute freekick to send Algeria into Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal.
RIYAD MAHREZ FREEKICK
Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez scored a sensational free-kick in the 95th minute as Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 to seal their place in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
The Desert Foxes led thanks to William Troost-Ekong’s own goal but Super Eagles hit back through an Odion Ighalo’s penalty, awarded following a VAR check.
With extra time looming until Algeria, who have not been to the final since winning the tournament on home soil in 1990, won a free-kick on the edge of the box after a foul by Wilfred Ndidi.
And Captain Mahrez, star man for the Desert Foxes, bent the ball around the wall to beat Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and seal his country a place against Senegal in Friday’s final.
What guts, what technique. Mahrez had a quiet game, but somehow he’s always there in the key moments. Nigeria handled him very well, but he still comes out of the game with a goal and an assist.
Algeria had a flood of first-half chances but achieved little in the second period until Riyad Mahrez stepped up for that late, late free kick. It was enough.
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