Algeria found the fault in overtime against Tunisia (2-0) this Saturday, in the final of the Arab Cup, which it won for the first time since 1963.
The 100% North African final between Tunisia and Algeria turned to the advantage of the Fennecs (2-0), crowned Saturday night at the end of extra time. Algeria holds its first triumph in the competition since the Arab Cup has existed, that is to say since 1963, and a first edition then won by Tunisia.
The Fennecs, reigning African champions, have just disposed of the Carthage Eagles in the final after a fairly closed meeting overall, concluded with a suspenseful extension. The two teams met in the final on Saturday in the small coastal town of Al-Khor, cut off most of their star, as since the start of the competition.
Algeria, who remained unbeaten until the end, had to compose without Manchester City attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez, their No. 1 offensive asset, while Tunisia was deprived of Saint-Etienne striker Wahbi Khazri. The Carthage Eagles were very close to striking the first, but Msakni’s beautiful header hit the bar of Mbolhi (15th).
Brahimi carries the shock
Algeria reacted during a rather rhythmic first period (19 shots for Algeria, against 17 for Tunisia in this match) with a huge opportunity to benefit from Meziani, served by Bounedjah in six meters. Algeria was on the verge of opening the scoring, but Tayeb Meziani failed completely in his attempt, alone against the empty goal. He had however managed to cut the trajectory of the ball just in front of the goalkeeper, without however managing to adjust the sights.
A huge failure which did not have consequences for Algeria in this long undecided match, since the Fennecs finally found the fault through Sayoud, with a superb strike in added time (99th), after a nice movement , neat, magnified by the pretty deviation of Bounedjah for his teammate.
Yacine Brahimi buried the last Tunisian hopes on the final action of this match. Remained at the forefront, on a corner where Tunisia played its all-out in added time, the former Porto, named best player in the competition, had no trouble pushing the ball into the back of the net. ‘a deserted goal. The Algerian people could rejoice. Algeria succeeds Morocco in the winners of the event, and strengthens its supremacy over African football a few months before the CAN.