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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