2019 AFCON has gotten a new champion as the Desert Foxes of Algeria have won the 2019 African Cup of Nations, the tournament in Egypt after beating Senegal 1-0 for the second on the same tournament on Friday.
It was Algeria’s second time of winning the AFCON after 29 years.
Algeria opened scoring through Baghdad Bounedjah on 2nd minute. He tried his luck from the edge of the box and his shot took a deflection and went past the stranded Alfred Gomis.
On 38 minutes, there was a penalty appeal after M’Baye Niang of Senegal went down under a challenge from the defender. All players chased the referee but he was not interested in the penalty claim.
A few seconds later, Niang wasted a big chance to draw Senegal level. He unleashed a shot from the edge of the box and it went narrowly over the crossbar.
On the 60th minute, Adlene Guedioura of Algeria handled the ball and the referee awarded a penalty, but he was called by the Video Assistant Referee, VAR to take a second look.
Referee Neant Alioum came back after watching a replay and quickly reversed his decision to award a penalty after a VAR review.
On the 69th minute, a good pass found Youssouf Sabaly on the edge of the box, and he drilled the ball towards the roof of the net. Rais M’Bolhi was almost caught out but pulled off a brilliant save at the last second.
With 68 percent ball possession, Senegal could not dent Algeria’s defence. The Senegalese also had 11 goal attempts while Algeria had one. While the Algerian keeper saved three clear goals attempt, the Senegalese keeper had no saved.