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24 January 2017

Islam Slimani double not enough as Algeria crash out after Senegal draw

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Leicester stars Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani are heading home from the Africa Cup of Nations after Algeria finished third in Group B following a 2-2 draw with Senegal.

Although striker Slimani scored twice – once from close range after just 10 minutes following a pinpoint cross from Sofiane Hanni, and again in the second half with a shinned finish over Khadim N’Diaye – it was not enough as Tunisia beat Zimbabwe 4-2 in the other Group B match to seal qualification in second place behind Senegal.

Papakouli Diop cancelled out Slimani’s first goal just before half-time and Moussa Sow scored a minute after the Leicester striker’s second to earn Senegal top spot on seven points, with Tunisia just one behind.

Senegal’s progression was already assured pre-match, meaning highly-rated coach Aliou Cisse was afforded the luxury of making ten changes to the side who beat Zimbabwe last time out, but they looked anything like a second string.

Slimani should have won the match for Algeria late on, but fired wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. The Leicester striker then limped off, which will be a worry for Foxes fans.

Up next for Senegal is a quarter-final date with Cameroon, with Tunisia through to face Burkina Faso, at Algeria’s expense.

 Source: Wires
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