Beauty Balmadi He wanted a big victory over Niger, he got it. On the grass that was still in poor condition at Mustafa Tchaker Stadium, his players hit the ground and inflicted a heavy defeat on Niger (6-1).
The Algerian ghoul and the humble match Nigerians He was almost bent in advance, due to the imbalance of current forces. With a fleet of players playing for big clubs in Europe, the Greens had no trouble extending their impressive undefeated streak to 31 games and staying at the top of Group A.
With the team altered a bit at the start, Algeria struggled to impose its style and create scoring opportunities. On grass that does not facilitate the movement of the ball, the greens did not force the pedal to bring danger into the opponent’s area.
Strangely enough, Belmadi abandoned his usual tactic of pressing the opponent from kick-off to stifle them and score goals. Perhaps this was one of the lessons he learned from the previous match against Burkina Faso where after a good first half the Greens were not present in the second half, allowing the stallions to get back into the score.
Soleimani takes the throne of Tasfout
To get back into tonight’s match, it was Riyad Mahrez who opened the match by converting a brilliant free kick that he got himself (26 minutes). The Nigerians tried on several occasions to break the Algerian defense line, which was lacking in mechanism in the first period. They had two chances to score. In the second half, the Greens, with their usual play, accelerated quickly and moved forward.
After returning from the dressing room, Feghouli doubled the national team’s share (47), before Niger reduced the score, taking advantage of a fatal mistake from the Algerian defense (58). This goal did not have much effect in the balance, as Mahrez’s comrades intensified their attacks against Niger’s defense. One minute later, Feghouli was broken in the Niger penalty area and he got a penalty, unsaid (3-1, 59). Ten minutes later, the Greens worsened the result after a quick counterattack led by Bennacer.
Under pressure from Mahrez, a Nigerian defender pushed the ball past his team’s goalkeeper (69).
After that, Islam Slimani entered to score a double (76′, 87′), becoming the Greens’ top scorer in history with 37 goals. The previous record of 36 goals was set by Tasvout, who ended his international career in 2002.
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