Algeria vs Nigeria (LIVE UPDATES): Eagles battle foxes for final ticket

NIGERIA: Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]
Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

The Super Eagles and the Desert Foxes are set for a titanic clash tonight at the Cairo International Stadium.

The stake is indeed big as the winner will get a chance to play in the Africa Cup of Nations final next Friday.

Though the North African side are bookmakers’ favourite to reach the final after being almost flawless throughout this tournament, the Super Eagles are no pushovers considering the outcome of recent games between the two sides.

The Riyadh Mahrez-captained team has not appeared in the AFCON final since 1990, when they hosted and won, beating Nigeria in a closely-fought final.

However, the Algerians have won four of their five AFCON 2019 matches within the regulation time.

The Super Eagles have enjoyed a good tournament, reaching the semifinal target they set for themselves at the start of the competition.

With a promise of $75,000 per goal and other mouth-watering promises, the Super Eagles are not lacking in motivation.

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Kick off is 8 p.m.

Super Eagles starting line up

Daniel Akpeyi
Kenneth Omeruo
William Ekong
Jamilu Collins
Chidozie Awaziem
Wilfred Ndidi
Ogenekharo Etebo
Alex Iwobi
Samuel Chukwueze
Ahmed Musa
Odion Ighalo

Match kicks off

Algeria are planning to qualify for their first AFCON final since 1990.

The Algerians have had better chances in the first 10 minutes.

The Nigerian defence has been put under pressure by constant forward play by the Algerians.

Chuwkueze’s freekick for Nigeria is hit well wide of the goal, out of the reach of potential headers.

Algeria miss a clear header after a well taken free kick. Header misses the target

16 minutes Algeria 0-0 Nigeria

This is a clash of giants indeed… Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country… Algeria Africa’s biggest country by land mass

Freekick for Algeria, Musa with the rough tackle

This is Nigeria’s 14th semi-final in the Africa Cup of Nations history

Senegal already in the final… victory for Nigeria tonight will make it an all-West African affair in Friday’s final

Goal kick for Algeria

Halfway through the opening half still goalless

Coach Gernot Rohr on his feet as he watches his team on

Algeria have the most goals at this 2019 AFCON 10 while Nigeria has scored 7 times

Gudeora wins a free kick for Algeria as he is tripped by Iwobi

The Super Eagles dominated the early exchanges but they haven’t threatened so much for a goal

Akpeyi charged on by the Algeria striker but he clears the ball fast

Hot chase my Mahrez for a pass but he concedes for a throwing for Nigeria

Chance… Daniel Akpeyi with a save from Boudejah close-range shot

Guediora with a hand ball gifts Nigeria a free kick in a good position

Chukwueze takes the free-kick but straight to Algeria goalkeeper’s hand

Bounedjah goes down in the box looking for a penalty but the Gambian referee waves the appeal off

Ighalo well-shielded off the ball

Algeria are looking to qualify for the Afcon final for the first time in 29 years

Jamilu Collins with the all-important touch as Algeria come close again

End-to-end stuff as but teams go on counter-attacks

Iwobi sets up Ighalo who fires a low shot but off the target

GOAL!! Mahrez shot deflected in by William Troost Ekong

Algeria 1-0 Nigeria

Ekong got the winning goal for Nigeria against South Africa.. he has an own goal to his name tonight

Senegal won their semi-final match courtesy of an own goal… Algeria also leading now by an own goal

Chukwueze brought down.. free kick for Nigeria

One minute added time

Half time: Algeria 1-0 Nigeria

Super Eagles get the second half underway

Beliali commits a foul agianst Etebo .. Nigeria play a quick free-kick

Bouneddjah commits a foul against Iwobi and gets a yellow card

Game halted as an Algeria player is injured

The two coaches making plans for changes

Iwobi tries a shot from a long-range.. its off-target

Free kick for Algeria close to the Nigeria box

Danger averted for Super Eagles!

Super Eagles searching for an equaliser

Feghouli gets a yellow card for a foul on Etebo

VAR double-checking a possible penalty for Nigeria

Referee checking in himself!

Penalty for Nigeria… Mandi making his 50th appearance also get a yellow card

Goalkeeper Rais has conceded just one goal before tonight

Goal!!! Ighalo scores for Nigeria

Algeria 1-1 Nigeria

Mahrez goes down from a challenge from Jamilu Collins

Chuwkwueze’s through ball to Awaziem sails away for a goal kick for Algeria

Henry Onyekuru in for Chukwueze

This is Onyekuru’s first game at Afcon 2019

Iwobi with another long-range shot.. the Algeria keeper deals with it

Mahrez takes a free kick for Algeria but it rolls off for a goal kick for Nigeria

Etebo takes a poor free-kick and Algeria get the possession again

Twenty players in this Nigeria team are attending the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time

Onyekuru gets a chance in the box but his shot goes just over the bar

Yellow card for Awaziem.. he will miss Nigeria’s next game

Feghouli with a chance for Algeria but he fires wide

Nigeria looking to secure an 8th appearance in the Afcon final by beating Algeria tonight

One minute added time

CLOSE!!! Algeria almost get a late goal there

Four minutes added time gone half way

Awaziem with a crucial block to deny Mahrez

Free kick for Algeria at the death

Mahrez does it!!

Goal for Algeria

Final whistle… Algeria 2-1 Nigeria


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