FT: Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria; Kessie, Sangare & Pepe on the scoresheet as Les Elephants book Rd of 16 slot, Mahrez MISSES PENALTY as the defending champions BOW OUT

The group stages comes to a close today but we will remember the big scalps it claimed in the countries of Ghana and Algeria, who have said goodbye to the competition. We will most definitely have a new champion of African football.

For Algeria who were tipped as pre-tournament favourites, this is utterly disappointing to have exited the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in such manner.

A fantastic performance from Les Elephants sees them top Group E with seven points, while the defending champions Algeria have been eliminated – having finished their AFCON campaign with a solitary point.

FULL-TIME AT THE JAPOMA STADIUM: Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria

73′ MIN: The defending champions finally open their account at AFCON 2021, as Sofiane Bendebka pulls one back for Algeria.

GOOOAAALLL!!! Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria (S. Bendebka)

60′ MIN: Riyad Mahrez misses the penalty, as he sends his effort crashing against the woodwork.

PENALTY!!! To Algeria

55′ MIN: Nicholas Pepe adds more gloss to the scoreline as Ivory Coast extend their lead. Surely now, it is game over for Algeria who are the defending champions.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Ivory Coast 3-0 Algeria (N. Pepe)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE JAPOMA STADIUM: Ivory Coast 2-0 Algeria

Unbelievable first half of action as Ivory Coast takes a two-goal lead into the break. Algeria have it all to do in the second half, they have just 45 minutes to revive their AFCON campaign or bid Cameroon goodbye.

HALF-TIME AT THE JAPOMA STADIUM: Ivory 2-0 Algeria

40′ MIN: Ibrahim Sangare doubles the lead for the Ivorians. Algeria who are the defending champions are heading for the exit door.

GOOAAAALLL!!! Ivory Coast 2-0 Algeria (I. Sangare)

23′ MIN: Frank Kessie opens the scoring for Les Elephants off an assist from Nicholas Pepe.

GOOAAALLLL!!! Ivory Coast 1-0 Algeria (F. Kessie)

KICK-OFF AT THE JAPOMA STADIUM: Ivory Coast 0-0 Algeria

The starting line-ups for both teams as they prepare to do battle in Japoma.

The Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire are already assured of a place in the second round as they have four points. Algeria have just one point and MUST win today to make it into the knockout stages.

The tournament has been an underwhelming one for the defending champions. They began their campaign with a 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone and suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea, while Ivory Coast started by beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 and drew 2-2 with Sierra Leone.

Hello and welcome to Apex Football’s Africa Cup of Nations LIVE coverage of the fixture between Ivory Coast and Algeria set to go down at the Japoma Stadium in Cameroon. The fixture is a make or break encounter most especially for the Desert Foxes of Algeria – who are rock bottom in Group E with one point and who desperately need a win in order to stay in the tournament.

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