AFCON 2021: Fierce battle between two champions – Ivory Coast vs Algeria

AFCON 2021: Fierce battle between two champions – Ivory Coast vs Algeria

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Today, Ivory Coast will face  Algeria in a Group E encounter at the Stade Omnisport de Douala in Cameroon for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to get a place of the round 16 in the ongoing tournament. AFCON 2021: Fierce battle between two champions – Ivory Coast vs Algeria.

The Elephants made a mistake in their second match in Group E, conceding a late goal to draw 2-2 with tournament newcomers Sierra Leone on Sunday.

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Despite the stalemate, the two-time African champions stayed in first place in Group A, three points ahead of Algeria in fourth place, and a win for the Elephants would see them advance to the knockout stage.

”It’s good to have had this trophy but I would have preferred to have the three points of victory to ensure our qualification in the second round this evening,” Pep told CAF Online.

“Now we have to go and keep working to make a big game against a big team from Algeria. We have to put out a big performance because the objective is to finish first in the group.”

Algeria, however, is still winless in this year’s tournament after a dramatic 1-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea in their second Group E match on Sunday.

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The defeat interrupted the Desert Foxes’ 35-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, and the defending champions can only advance to the Last 16 if they defeat Ivory Coast and the other results go their way.

Algeria’s head coach, Djamel Belmadi, believes his team did everything necessary to beat Equatorial Guinea, and he has warned that his team will battle to stay in the tournament.

“It’s not the expected result and yet we did everything, we got several chances but the ball did not go in. We are in a situation of failure, it is a lean moment,” Djamel told CAF Online.

“Football is not always about rational reasons but let’s be sure, we will fight to stay in this competition. It will be against a great team from Côte d’Ivoire which is made up of players playing in the biggest leagues.

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“Regarding the opponent, Equatorial Guinea, they defended with a lot of desire, determination and we couldn’t find the fault, it’s a situation of failure.”

The last time Ivory Coast and Algeria met was on July 11, 2019.

In the 2019 AFCON quarter-final encounter, the two teams tied 1-1 before Algeria won 4-3 on penalties at the New Suez Stadium in Egypt.

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