AFCON: Defending Champions Algeria Crash Out without a Win


Defending champions Algeria were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations after a 3-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in Douala.

Algeria needed a win to stay alive, but trailed by two goals at the break after Franke Kessie and Ibrahim Sangare scored for the West Africans.

Nicolas Pepe, who plays his club football for Arsenal in England, put the icing on the cake when he scored Ivorian third goal before Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez hit a penalty against the post.

Sofiane Bendebka scored a late consolation.

Algeria exit the AFCON bottom of Group E without a single win.

Equatorial Guinea joined Ivory Coast in progressing to the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Sierra Leone.

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