Athletics News of Sunday, 23 June 2019
Riyad Mahrez scored as Algeria secured a schedule 2- Africa Cup of Nations win against Kenya in Group C on Sunday.
The Manchester Metropolis star was a frequent danger in Cairo as Algeria started the event in remarkable trend.
Getting not even designed it out of their group in 2017, Algeria took a deserved 34th-minute direct when Baghdad Bounedjah converted from the penalty spot.
Mahrez doubled Algeria’s advantage just before fifty percent-time with a deflected hard work and Djamel Belmadi’s males comfortably observed out the second 50 % to seal the 3 factors.
Algeria experienced a chance inside of 60 seconds, Bounedjah taking pictures broad, and it established the tone for a 1-sided to start with 50 percent.
The possibilities arrived at regular intervals for Algeria, Mahrez owning a pair of free-kicks deflected off concentrate on, whilst Youcef Belaili went close on two events.
So it was no shock when the opening aim came, with Dennis Odhiambo conceding a penalty for his foul on Youcef Atal and Boundejah calmly stroking the location-kick earlier Patrick Matasi.
And, after Boundejah headed just over, Mahrez got his intention, turning in Ismael Bennacer’s cross from 12 yards with a cool remaining-footed strike.
The 2nd 50 percent was a turgid affair whole of fouls and stoppages, with only Mahrez’s times of high quality bringing daily life to the contest.
But the career was finished for Algeria, among the the favourites to earn the match, ahead of a significantly more durable test in opposition to Senegal on Thursday.
Kenya’s following clash is much far more winnable, with the Harambee Stars established to meet Tanzania.