The desert foxes of Algeria and the Teranga lions of Senegal, are the first two teams to reach the semi-final of the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) ongoing in Algeria. This following their wins over Ivory Coast and Mauritania respectively on Friday.
Host records dramatic win
Host Nation Algeria, won it late in a dramatic game at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Algiers on Friday evening. The desert foxes needed a late spot kick from Aimen Mahious to go pass a resolute Ivorian side.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the first segment of the game. First, it was goalkeeper Alexis Guendouz of Algeria who was sent off at the 19th minute of the game after rough tackling Ivorian forward Abdoul in an attempt to clear a back pass.
It didn’t take long before the elephants were served their own marching orders, after Kouassi Attohoula was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Algeria’s Laouafi.
Both sides struggled to break the deadluck till deep in added time, when Aimen Mahious was fouled in the Ivory Coast 18-yards box by Aziz Siahone. Mahious himself stepped up and wrong footed goalkeeper Ayayi Charles, to hand the host a win at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.
It is the second time Algeria is reaching this stage of the competition, after finishing fourth in the 2011 edition. They will now face the winner of the Ghana Versus Niger game.
Sensational Camara guides Senegal to the semis
The Teranga lions of Senegal have reached the semi-final of the African Nations Championship for the first time in 14 years.
Pape Thiaw’s side edged Mauritania 1#0 at the 19 May 1956 stadium in Annaba on Friday evening, to sail through.
Midfielder Lamine Camara, scored from the penalty spot at the 34th minute of the game, as the Teranga lions reach the CHAN last four for the first time since 2009.
Mauritania’s Mohamedhen Beibou was shown yellow after commiting a foul in their own box, and Lamine Camara stepped and fired the ball pass goalkeeper Namori Diaw.
Despite the Mourabitounes stepping up their game in the second half, the Senegalese stayed solid to and secured an important win.
Pape Thiaw’s side will now face the winner of the game Madagascar versus Mozambique, in the semi-final.
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