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Mahrez stuns Nigeria with 95th-minute free-kick

Watch: Mahrez stuns Nigeria with 95th-minute free-kick- AFCON 2019

July 14, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Algeria is through to the AFCON 2019 Final!

Nigeria's hopes of progressing to the final of AFCON 2019 has ended after a sensational free-kick by Riyad Mahrez clinched a late win for Algeria in Sunday's semifinal clash.

The keenly contested encounter at the Cairo International Stadium was angling towards extra-time with both teams being level after the 90th minute mark. Having taken the lead through an own-goal by Troost-Ekong in the 40th-minute, Algeria's lead was scrapped thanks to Odion Ighalo's 72nd-minute strike from the penalty spot.

There was very little action thereof although the Desert Foxes came close to stealing the win in the 92nd-minute but saw Bennacer's thundering shot rattle off the woodwork. Three minutes later, the North Africans were presented with a glorious opportunity which eventually determined the fate of Sunday's semifinal encounter.

A foul on Bennacer by Wilfred Ndidi went in favor of the Algerians and set-piece expert Riyad Mahrez made no error of the chance by curling the ball into the far left of Nigeria's goal.

The win meant Algeria has finally ended a 27-year-old winless streak against the Super Eagles. The Desert Foxes will now battle Senegal in the Final of AFCON 2019 scheduled for July 19 at the Cairo International Stadium.


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