Ivory Coast – Algeria | 20/01/2022 AFCON

In the final round of group matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, two African giants collide in Group E as Ivory Coast and Algeria lock horns at the Douala Stadium on Thursday. Having failed to win any of their opening two games, Algeria need all three points to stand a chance of making it to the round of 16, while a share of the spoils will see the Elephants through to the next phase.

It’s all to play for in Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group E as all four nations can still progress to the knockout stages of the competition. In this clash, top-placed Ivory Coast (W1, D1) will entertain bottom-side Algeria (D1, L1) as two of the pre-tournament favourites head into this crucial clash in contrasting fortunes.

Ivory Coast will be out for revenge here as Algeria have knocked them out of two AFCON finals across the last four H2Hs, though they may be lacking confidence after a howler from goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangaré did cost them two valuable points last time out versus Sierra Leone (D2-2). With four points so far, a draw would also be enough for the ‘Elephants’, but they’ll still be aiming for better given their record of just one loss across their last 12 competitive internationals (W8, D3).

Algeria are on the brink of suffering an embarrassing group stage exit if they can’t find a way to win in this deciding matchup. The 2019 champions have so far struggled across their opening two matchups, failing to net in either outing whilst losing 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea last time out.

That loss was Algeria’s first since October 2019 whilst since November 2017, the ‘Fennec Foxes’ have lost just three times across 35 competitive outings (W22, D10). To taste victory again here, they’ll need to rediscover their shooting boots, the same ones that fired an average of 2.9 goals across their ten competitive internationals before this competition began!


Date: 20/01/2022
Time: 19:00
Venue: Japoma Stadium (Douala)
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