Jan 25, 2022

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Reigning champions Algeria held by Sierra Leone in AFCON opener

Algeria began their Africa Cup of Nations defense with an overwhelming 0-0 win against Sierra Leone in Douala on Tuesday when Riyad Mahrez’s side struggled to beat one of the tournament’s underdogs.

Qatar-based winger Yacine Brahimi missed the defending champions’ best chance early in the second half when he only had to beat the goalkeeper, only Mohamed Kamara saved his shot on the second try.

The draw allows Algeria to extend its remarkable undefeated run in competitive combat to 35 games, but it also means that its main rival in Group E, Ivory Coast, can take the initiative by beating Equatorial Guinea in the same location on Wednesday.

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108th place in the world, they were bol driven by the presence of former England international Steven Caulker in central defense, during Mohamed Buya, who lives in China Turay has been buoyant on the left wing.

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The team of John Keister was supported by a loud support in the stadium, although the total number of visitors was 50,000 – The seat could hardly be four digits.

Alhaji Kamara, who for the Danish team Randers plays, came close with an early snapshot for Sierra Leone, while Turay also tested Rais M’Bolhi in the first half.

Kamara then had an attempt after the break that was due to A was rejected before Brahimi missed the other end with a gold rim.

Since Mahrez lacked the inspiration, it became Said Benrahma. West Ham United left a shot wide late soon after he came off the bench, while Kama’s Ramy Bensebaini also left. ra was denied on death.

Algeria, which defeated Senegal in the 2019 final, will face Equatorial Guinea in the next game on Sunday.