The Fennecs extended their record undefeated run against Burkina Faso away on Tuesday
The run began way back in November 2018, as Togo were beaten 4-1 in a qualifying bout for the Nations Cup.
It was a strong response from Algeria after they’d been beaten 1-0 by Benin in the previous month, during a run of one win in seven games.
Riyad Mahrez netted twice.
The first non-African team Algeria faced in their record-breaking run, Qatar were seen off 1-0 in December 2018 in Doha.
Baghdad Bounedjah scored the only goal of the game.
A miserable result for Algeria—and one of Gambia’s finest hours—as the Fennecs were held 1-1 in a Nations Cup qualifying dead rubber by the tiny Scorpions.
Mehdi Abeid opened the scoring.
The Fennecs beat Tunisia—not for the last time—in a 1-0 friendly victory in March 2019, with Bounedjah’s second-half penalty securing the win.
Another underwhelming result as Algeria tuned up ahead of the Nations Cup, Burundi—debutants at the 2019 Afcon—held the heavyweights 1-1 in an international friendly.
Bounedjah’s opener was cancelled out by a Rais M’Bolhi own goal.
A more expansive Algeria dispatched Mali 3-2 in their final match before the Afcon 2019 tournament, although defensive frailties raised concerns about their ability to win the big one in Egypt as the Eagles enjoyed some joy against the Fennecs going forward.
The Harambee Stars battled hard upon their return to the Nations Cup, but ultimately they weren’t able to keep Algeria at bay as the Fennecs began their Afcon campaign with a 2-0 victory.
Three weeks before their Nations Cup final showdown, Algeria and Senegal met in the group, with the Fennecs winning 1-0.
It was a sign of things to come as the Fennecs gathered momentum in the continental tournament, with the impressive Youcef Belaili scoring the only goal of the game.
Algeria flexed their muscles against a limited Tanzania side, winning 3-0 to round off their group stage campaign in some style.
Islam Slimani opened the scoring, with Adam Ounas netting a double.
A routine 3-0 victory for Algeria in their Nations Cup quarter-final, with Guinea looking drained and off the pace following their group stage campaign.
Belaili, Mahrez and Ounas scored the goals.
The closest Algeria came to losing their undefeated streak?
They required penalties to defeat the Ivory Coast in their Nations Cup quarter-final encounter following a 1-1 draw.
Soufiane Feghouli’s opener had been cancelled out by Jonathan Kodjia.
A genuine heavyweight showdown in the Nations Cup semi-final, the Super Eagles gave a good account of themselves, but were undone by a Riyad Mahrez-inspired Algeria.
The Manchester City forward netted a 90th-minute winner after Odion Ighalo had given Nigeria hope 18 minutes earlier.
Algeria brought home the Nations Cup title following a gritty 1-0 triumph over Senegal in Cairo, with Bounedjah’s deflected second-minute effort enough to take the victory.
The first match after the Nations Cup final, Benin were beaten 1-0 in a low-key international friendly as Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the game.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Something of an experimental side were held 1-1 by the DRC in October 2019, with Slimani opening the scoring early on.
The second of three non-African teams who were unable to defeat Algeria during their remarkable run, Colombia were dispatched 3-0 by a rampant Fennecs team in October 2019.
Mahrez scored twice after Bounedjah had opened the scoring.
Sublime stuff from the North Africans as they demolished Zambia 5-0 in a Nations Cup qualifier to take a major step towards defending their title in Cameroon.
Less convincingly, Algeria saw off Botswana 1-0 away from home in their final fixture of a remarkable 2019, with Belaili again coming up trumps when it mattered most.
The first match back following the suspension of international football due to Covid-19, a poor Nigeria side were beaten 1-0.
Again, Algeria started strongly, with Ramy Bensebaini netting the winner in the sixth minute.
The last non-African opponents Algeria faced during their run, Mexico held the African champions to a 2-2 draw in an October friendly.
Adlene Guedioura was sent off late on.
Beaten 3-1 by Algeria in the first of two back-to-back Nations Cup qualifiers in November.
The Warriors improved for the second fixture—on home soil—but weren’t able to secure a win as the two sides played out a 2-2 draw.
Algeria took a two-goal lead through Andy Delort and Mahrez, before Zimbabwe staged an impressive comeback.
Another tricky assignment.
Algeria were certainly given a scare when they were held 3-3 by Zambia—with Patson Daka scoring twice—in March.
Smashed 5-0 in March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, as Algeria rounded off their programme on the road to Cameroon in style with five separate scorers.
The last team to score against Algeria, but Mauritania were ultimately eclipsed 4-1 in a friendly in June.
Feghouli netted twice, with Ounas and Bounedjah also among the goals.
A tricky opponent, but dispatched 1-0 in an international friendly in the summer, with Mahrez scoring the only goal of the game.
Defeated 2-0 by the Fennecs in an international friendly in June.
Guedioura was again sent off, following goals from Bounedjah and Mahrez.
Smashed 8-0 by Algeria last week in a World Cup qualifier, with Islam Slimani scoring four, Djibouti were down to ten men following the 23rd minute.
Burkina Faso became the latest team to be seen off by Algeria as they were held 1-1 in Tuesday evening’s World Cup qualifier.
While the North Africans will be disappointed to have dropped two points following Abdoul Tapsoba’s second-half equaliser, they nonetheless extend their undefeated streak, and remain atop Group A.
Nigeria qualify for 2023 Africa U20 Cup of Nations
Nigeria’s U20 boys, Flying Eagles, on Tuesday night overpowered fit-fighting Cote d’Ivoire in an explosive semi final match to reach the final of the ongoing WAFU B U20 Championship in Niamey.
The ticket to Saturday’s final also came with a ticket to next year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt.
Midfielder Daniel Daga put Nigeria in front after only five minutes when he cleverly escaped the attention of the Ivorian defenders to nod in from a well-weighted pull out.
The seven-time African champions then launched onslaught after onslaught on the Ivorian goal but failed to add to the tally, before the Ivorians equalized just before half time from an intelligently-taken free kick at the edge of Nigeria’s eighteen-yard box.
Neither team could find another goal to gain upper hand before the end of regulation time inside the Stade General Seyni Kountché, and the game went into extra time.
Forward Ibrahim Yahaya got the winner for Nigeria in the 111th minute of play when he tucked in from the penalty spot to make it 2-1.
Nigeria will square up against neighbours Benin Republic in Saturday’s final.
Arsenal squandered Champions League spot after loss to Newcastle United
Arsenal’s Champions League hopes suffered a major blow as Newcastle powered their way to a deserved win at a raucous St James’ Park.
Newcastle’s Bruno Guimaraes condemned the Gunners to a costly 2-0 defeat with an 85th-minute strike after Ben White’s own goal had put the Magpies ahead in front of a crowd of 52,274.
As a result, Arsenal will go into Sunday’s final round of fixtures two points behind their North London rival Tottenham, who are fourth on the table and with their fate out of their own hands.
Victory was no more than Eddie Howe’s side deserved as they bounced back from successive defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City to take their tally to 46 points, the most they have collected since returning to the Premier League in 2017.
Arsenal, were first to threaten when Granit Xhaka fed Eddie Nketiah, who cut inside from the left, but saw his right-foot shot blocked.
Callum Wilson’s pace made life difficult for Arsenal and White had to block a Sean Longstaff cross and a Joelinton shot within seconds as the home side pushed for the opener.
Bukayo Saka threatened on 21 minutes and the England international’s second strike forced keeper Martin Dubravka into another save before Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale produced a solid 37th-minute stop from Allan Saint-Maximin.
Martin Odegaard then flashed the ball across the Magpies’ penalty area, but the Gunners fell behind on 55 minutes.
Saint-Maximin played Joelinton into space down the left and he crossed to the near post, where White could only guide the ball into his own net.
As the visitors chased an equaliser, Wilson sent a 63rd-minute snapshot just over, Ramsdale palmed away Jacob Murphy’s shot and was relieved to see Wilson’s late lob from 40 yards drop just wide.
The keeper dived bravely at Wilson’s feet with five minutes remaining, but the rebound fell perfectly for Guimaraes, who wasted no time to seal the points.
Mikel Arteta was fumed after witnessing his team throwing away a whole season’s hard work in a woeful 2-0 defeat at St. James’ Park.
With his team’s Champions League dram almost over, Arteta could not hide his exasperation anymore.
“Normally, I will always defend my players. Not tonight, it is too difficult. We didn’t compete. We never got into the game. We lost every duel. They were comfortably better than us.
“I am incredibly disappointed. It’s a very painful one. It was in our hands, it’s not in our hands now. We have to put our head down and swallow all the poison that we feel,” He told a press conference
Arteta’s anger was echoed by Granit Xhaka, who pulled no punches during an explosive post-game interview. The Arsenal midfielder declared the Gunners didn’t deserve a spot in Europe’s showpiece event next season.
“From the first minute to the 90th we didn’t deserve to be on the pitch today,” he told Sky Sports. “What happened was a disaster performance and like this you don’t deserve to play Champions League, you don’t even deserve to play Europa League. It’s very hard to take at the moment. I don’t know why we’re not doing what the coaches ask for.”
“If someone isn’t ready for this game, stay at home. It doesn’t matter the age. If you’re not ready or you’re nervous, stay on the bench, stay at home, don’t come here. We knew this game was maybe the most important for us but, with a performance like this, it’s not acceptable.”
Official: José Peseiro now Super Eagles Head Coach
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appoint Joeé Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the national team after weeks of endless reports of the Portuguese being the frontrunner for the Super Eagles Head coach job.
The NFF announced the appointment on Sunday, saying appointment is with immediate effect but subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Peseiro.
Peseiro, 62, will take charge of the Super Eagles starting with friendlies with Mexico and Ecuador later in May.
Mr Peseiro has coached clubs and national teams in four continents— Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
He has coached at Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucharest, Sporting Braga, Victoria Gumaraes, Al-Hilal, Al-Wahda, Al-Ahly Cairo, Sharjah FC and Real Madrid (assistant coach during the Galacticos era), and worked as Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian and Venezuelan national teams.
A statement from the NFF said Peseiro is expected to lead out the Super Eagles for the first time against Mexico at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on May 28, before flying to New Jersey to face Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, June 2.
NFF in the statement also announced that former Nigerian international forward, Finidi George will now be the First Assistant to Peseiro, with Salisu Yusuf to be the Second Assistant as well as Head Coach of the CHAN and U23 National Teams.
Usman Abdallah is the Third Assistant while Eboboritse Uwejamomere will be the Match Analyst and another former Nigeria international, Ike Shorounmu will be the Goalkeepers’ Trainer.
Peseiro succeeds Augustine Eguavoen who failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup holding in Qatar.
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