The African Cup of Nations is nearing its closure after is now clear that Senegal and Algeria are meeting in the finals of the competition.
This Follows after Sunday results, where Senegal triumphed over Tunisia and Algeria eased past Nigeria in exhilarating out shows.
Night of penalties and bizarre own-goals.
The night was braced with at least three penalties, VAR reviews, and two bizarre own goals.
In both matches, there were penalties and the first match, that is between Senegal and Tunisia, had two penalties saved for both teams.
Tunisia was the first to be awarded the spot-kick, and Senegal’s goalkeeper had his reflexes put to test and he proved his presence and why he is team’s number one goalkeeper.
Hassen made his presence known as he punched away Henri Saveits shot to enable his team to survive and head to the extra time at stalemates.
The Liverpool star did not display a commendable performance in the match and was only seen struggling to appear productive for his team.
He even let go a penalty kick for his teammate, which ended up being carried out by the Tunisian goalkeeper.
Tunisians then faced the wrath towards the end of extra time after Hassen tried to save Sadio Mane’s free-kick but it instead landed on his teammate’s head and flickered back into the net.
This was the only goal of the match and enough to see the Lions of Teranga head to the finals.
In the second match of the night, the man of the match was absolutely Riyad Mahrez, after he out showed a splendid performance and was involved in both goals.
Algeria opened the scores at the 40th minute after a Riyad Mahrez’s cross was deflected by William Troost-Ekong.
Later in the match, Algeria’s hopes of advancing to the final were canceled after Idion Ighalo converted from the penalty spot to make it equal.
Mahrez came again with a stunner as he scored a free kick at stoppage time to hand his team victory and canceled the obvious extra time.
The results meant that Algeria will face Senegal in the finals while Nigerians will face off Tunisia on Wednesday in search for third place. The Algerian government even promised to ferry 600 fans to Egypt to support and cheer up the team during the finals.
The final match will be played on Friday the 19th of July.