Saturday, May 18, 2024

Afcon 2023: Mauritania 1-0 Algeria – Two-time champions dumped out at group stage


Algeria crashed out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations as minnows Mauritania claimed a well-known first ever win on the finals to grab a spot within the final 16.

Centre-back Yali Dellahi swept dwelling the successful objective late within the first half to stun the two-time Afcon winners.

Defeat means 2019 champions Algeria exit the match on the group stage for the second successive version.

They end backside of Group D whereas Mauritania will certainly progress as among the finest third-placed groups.

Mauritania will face shock Group B winners Cape Verde within the final 16 at Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Monday (17:00 GMT).

Algeria be part of fellow former champions Ghana in being eradicated after outcomes earlier on Tuesday meant the Black Stars, with simply two factors to their title, can not qualify as one of many high 4 third-placed sides.

The Lions of Chinguetti needed to face up to late strain and survive greater than 11 minutes of stoppage time as Algeria sought a leveller that will have despatched them by means of at Mauritania’s expense.

However the underdogs have been good worth for a victory that despatched them into the knock-out phases alongside second-placed Burkina Faso and Angola, who sealed high spot within the group by beating the Burkinabe 2-0.

Abject Algeria punished by magnificent Mauritania

Algeria had drawn their opening two group video games in Ivory Coast and knew one other draw on the Stade de la Paix would safe qualification as a degree would put them among the many 4 best-ranked third-placed groups.

Nothing however a victory would do for his or her opponents, nevertheless, after they’d misplaced their first two matches – and that distinction was evident all through with Mauritania much more purposeful and threatening of their play.

They needed to negotiate a barely nervy opening half-hour, when Houssem Aouar volleyed vast a good likelihood for Algeria, however have been greater than a match for the North Africans from then on.

Mauritania’s first likelihood noticed Souleymane Anne thwarted by Anthony Mandrea however Algeria did not clear the next nook and Dellahi capitalised to ship the underdogs into raptures.

Mauritania had solely certified for the Afcon finals on two earlier events, in 2019 and 2021

They need to have made their margin of victory extra comfy, losing a number of second-half possibilities in opposition to an Algeria facet repeatedly run ragged on the counter.

However Aboubakary Koita blazed over after an excellent solo run, Mandrea saved effectively from Aboubakar Kamara and Pape Ibnou Ba hit the bar from shut vary when it appeared simpler to attain than miss.

Algeria, although, lacked the nous to punish Mauritania for these misses, though the half-time introduction of Riyad Mahrez, surprisingly dropped by boss Djamel Belmadi, did present extra creativity.

The ex-Manchester Metropolis winger was the architect of their finest possibilities, along with his crosses establishing Hicham Boudaoui’s header and Aissa Mandi’s volley, which have been each brilliantly saved by Babacar Niasse.

The Mauritania goalkeeper made another key save to foil Mandi amid a tense near-dozen minutes of time added on earlier than the ultimate whistle yielded scenes of jubilation for the north-west Africans, who had misplaced six of their earlier eight matches at Afcon finals, drawing the opposite two.

Their victory marked one other main triumph for coach Amir Amdou, who was in command of Comoros because the islanders reached the final 16 on their debut on the 2021 finals earlier than dropping to hosts Cameroon.

Algeria had one of the best file of any group in qualifying for the 2023 finals however a number of of their gamers left the sphere in tears and so they bow out having not received a single recreation within the match’s two editions since lifting the title 4 years in the past.



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 16Niasse
  • 20Keita
  • 14DellahiSubstituted forHoubeibat 68′minutes
  • 5BaBooked at 45mins
  • 2Diaw
  • 4Gassama
  • 23AmarSubstituted forCamaraat 81′minutes
  • 10ThiamSubstituted forat 82′minutes
  • 8BoddaBooked at 21mins
  • 19KoïtaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forKamaraat 82′minutes
  • 11AnneSubstituted forFofanaat 71′minutes


  • 1Diaw
  • 3Abeid
  • 6Fofana
  • 7Ba
  • 9Tanjy
  • 12Camara
  • 15Doukara
  • 21Houbeib
  • 24N’Diaye
  • 25
  • 26Ngom
  • 27Kamara


Formation 4-3-3