Mahrez and Guedioura start for Algeria against Ivory Coast

Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi has named his starting line-up to face Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Riyad Mahrez captains the side and he is part of a three-man attack alongside Baghdad Bounedjah and Youcef Belaili. The formation is 4-3-3.

Sofiane Feghouli, Ismael Bennacer and Adlene Guedioura form the central midfield trio. Yacine Brahimi, Adam Ounas and Andy Delort will be on the bench for the Desert Foxes and Belmadi will turn to them if he feels the need to. Despite being the top scorer in the squad, Napoli winger Adam Ounas remains on the bench for the Desert Foxes.

Rais M’Bolhi is the man in between the sticks. Youcef Atal and Ramy Bensebaini will provide attacking runs as the full-backs. Djamel Benlamri and Aissa Mandi form the central defensive partnership. Algeria are yet to concede a goal at AFCON 2019 this summer.

Algeria XI in full: Rais M’Bolhi, Youcef Atal, Aissa Mandi, Djamel Benlamri, Ramy Bensebaini, Adlene Guedioura, Ismael Bennacer, Sofiane Feghouli, Riyad Mahrez, Baghdad Bounedjah, Youcef Belaili

Kick-off in Suez is at 5pm for the North African outfit. The winner will face Nigeria in the semi-finals of AFCON 2019. Follow the match live and in English with DZ Football.

Algeria set for huge Ivory Coast quarter-final

Algeria are ready for their biggest game in four and a half years as they take on Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday 11th July at the Suez Stadium, with kick-off at 5pm.

The Desert Foxes have faced the Elephants in several recent AFCONs. Algeria’s previous quarter-final was back in 2015 when they lost 3-1 to Ivory Coast after a brace by Wilfried Bony.

Algeria did beat Ivory Coast 3-2 in AFCON 2010 after extra-time to reach the semi-finals. Riyad Mahrez will captain the side once again. Manager Djamel Belmadi is expected to name the same side that beat Guinea 3-0 although there could be a late twist that sees Adam Ounas start for the North Africans.

It will be the first game in Suez for Algeria, who have been based in Cairo for the first few games of the competition. Ivory Coast played their last 16 game in Suez. They already lost to a North African team at AFCON 2019 after losing 1-0 to Morocco in the group phase.

Wilfried Zaha will be a threat with two goals in his last two games on the wing. The winner will face Nigeria in the next round. Follow the Algerian national team in English this summer with DZ Football.

Why 2019 could be historic for Algeria

2019 has already had the seeds of a historic year for the nation of Algeria. The country came together, both in Algeria and the diaspora abroad, to peacefully protest and successfully oust President Bouteflika after the longest ever political reign in the country.

Although the country still has a long way to go politically despite the removal of Bouteflika, there is progress for sure as the people rally together every Friday afternoon to oust the regime. Presidential elections have been delayed and what happens next is still relatively blurred.

However, what is certain is that the people are coming together. Algeria is unifying as a nation. And this has increased with the performance of the Algerian national team at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Algeria have won all four games and conceded no goals at the tournament. and people across the land are doing all they can to follow the team. Whether it is by watching in a coffee shop, or projecting the game onto a wall in the car park, nothing will stop the Algerians watching this competition.

2019 could see a new leader appointed as well as a huge sporting triumph on the biggest continental stage. It promises to be a huge few weeks for Algeria both on and off the field.

Algeria into AFCON 2019 quarter-finals with 3-0 win

Algeria have made it four wins out of four and have made it to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 victory against Guinea, thanks to goals from Youcef Belaili, Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas.

There were concerns at the start when Adlene Guedioura picked up an early yellow card. Djamel Belmadi had reverted back to the side that beat Senegal 1-0 in the group phase.

Baghdad Bounedjah missed a glorious opportunity from close range early on when he blazed over from a great Guedioura pass. But the Desert Foxes soon broke the deadlock.

Youcef Belaili opened the scoring in the 24th minute after a nice give and go with Baghdad Bounedjah to side foot the ball into the back of the net.

And from then on, Algeria looked in control. Riyad Mahrez the captain doubled the lead in the second half with a world class two touch goal after a great pass by Ismael Bennacer. Adam Ounas came on late in the game to secure the victory with an assist by Youcef Atal.

Ivory Coast or Mali will be the opponent in the next round for the North Africans. Follow Algeria at AFCON 2019 in English with DZ Football.

Algeria set for Guinea tie in AFCON 2019 last 16

Algeria will take on Guinea in the last 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday 7th July at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo, with kick-off commencing at 8pm. The winner will advance to the quarter-finals.

The two sides last met back in the summer of 2017, where goals from Sofiane Hanni and Hilal Soudani secured a win in Blida in a 2-1 victory. Both of these players are not in the squad in Egypt. Riyad Mahrez will captain Algeria once again in the last 16.

Yacine Brahimi, who has been linked with a move to Premier League side Arsenal, was the only player absent from training. He is suffering with a minor injury knock which kept him out of the game against Tanzania.

Guinea have injury problems themselves, with Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita struggling to reach full match fitness. Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi is expected to revert to the same side that saw off Kenya and Senegal at the start of the competition.

Adam Ounas is the only real candidate that could push into the main side. The winners will face either Ivory Coast or Mali in the next round. Follow the Algerian national team in English at AFCON 2019 with DZ Football this summer.

Ounas and Slimani sink Tanzania in 3-0 AFCON win

Algeria made it three wins out of three at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win over Tanzania, thanks to goals from Islam Slimani and Adam Ounas on Monday night.

Djamel Belmadi made nine changes to the side, which included resting the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Baghdad Bounedjah. Andy Delort made his first start for Algeria. Rais M’Bolhi was the captain.

Islam Slimani got the first goal. After missing a number of chances, he opened the scoring in the 35th minute after being played in by Napoli winger Adam Ounas.

And the roles were reversed soon after. Slimani setup Ounas who made it 2-0 after 39 minutes which put the Desert Foxes in cruise control.

Soon after on the stroke of half-time, Slimani setup Ounas once again to make it 3-0 after he went round the Tanzania goalkeeper to slot the ball into an empty net. In the second half, Algeria looked comfortable. Andy Delort looked really good. Adlene Guedioura came on in the second half to let Ismael Bennacer have a rest.

Algeria’s last 16 game is next which takes place on Sunday 7th July at 8pm. You can follow every step of Algeria at AFCON 2019 in English this summer with DZ Football.

Algeria take on Tanzania in final AFCON 2019 game

The Algerian national team will take on Tanzania in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations game, with kick-off at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo commencing at 8pm on Monday night.

Algeria are already through to the last 16 as group winners, having beaten Kenya and beaten Senegal in their opening two games. As a result, manager Djamel Belmadi is expected to ring in the changes, rotate the squad and rest some key players.

In the last two meetings between the two sides, Algeria have scored a total of 11 goals in 7-0 and 4-1 victories back in 2015 and 2018. Algeria are yet to concede a goal at the tournament.

The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Andy Delort and Adam Ounas are expected to be involved whereas captain Riyad Mahrez could be rested from the bench. The Desert Foxes have won their group for the first time since 1990, when they were crowned champions.

It will be Algeria’s first game at the Al Salam Stadium after playing their first two matches at the 30th June Stadium but will remain in the city of Cairo nonetheless.

Senegal will take on Kenya at the same time in the other Group C game. You can follow the game live in English with DZ Football, where you can follow the Algerian national team in English all summer.

Belaili goal secures Algeria as group winners above Senegal

Algeria have won Group C at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after beating favourites Senegal at the 30th June Stadium in Cairo 1-0 thanks to a goal from Youcef Belaili.

The Desert Foxes have six points from two games and have officially won their group, as well as keeping two clean sheets. Senegal remain on three points, as do Kenya, whilst Tanzania have officially been eliminated and come last.

Youcef Belaili scored with a stinging strike after good play from Riyad Mahrez and Sofiane Feghouli to set him up. That is now two goals and two assists in the Esperance winger’s last four games for Algeria.

It is the first time since 1990 that Algeria have won their group at a major tournament, which is also the last year that they lifted the trophy so the signs are good for Les Verts.

Youcef Atal and Djamel Benlamri both received yellow cards in the game and will have to be careful now to avoid suspensions in the further rounds. Next up for Algeria is a game against Tanzania.

The North Africans will play a third place team in the last 16 of the competition. Follow the Algerian national team in English at AFCON 2019 with DZ Football.

Mahrez and Guedioura start for Algeria against Senegal

Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi has named the same team for the second group game in a row to play Senegal in Group C at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Riyad Mahrez captains the side and he is part of a three-man attack alongside Baghdad Bounedjah and Youcef Belaili. The formation is 4-3-3.

Sofiane Feghouli, Ismael Bennacer and Adlene Guedioura form the central midfield trio. Yacine Brahimi, Adam Ounas and Andy Delort will be on the bench for the Desert Foxes and Belmadi will turn to them if he feels the need to as he did so in the first match against Kenya.

Rais M’Bolhi is the man in between the sticks. Youcef Atal and Ramy Bensebaini will provide attacking runs as the full-backs. Both teams are currently on three points and a win will secure a place in the last 16.

The central defensive partnership is made up of Aissa Mandi, who is really good at passing, and Djamel Benlamri, who is really good at tackling and defending. You can follow the game in English with DZ Football.

Algeria XI in full: Rais M’Bolhi, Youcef Atal, Aissa Mandi, Djamel Benlamri, Ramy Bensebaini, Adlene Guedioura, Ismael Bennacer, Sofiane Feghouli, Riyad Mahrez, Baghdad Bounedjah, Youcef Belaili

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