AFCON: Mahrez’s last-minute free kick sends Algeria to first final in 29 years/newsheadline247
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AFCON: Mahrez’s last-minute free kick sends Algeria to first final in 29 years

The Desert Foxes of Algeria has qualified for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON for the first time in 29 years after beating the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 on Sunday.

The Algerian side took the lead in the first half through Nigeria’s William Troost-Ekong own goal.

The Super Eagles equalised in the second half, after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision, with Odion Ighalo stroking home the penalty.

With the match heading into extra time, Riyad Mahrez stepped up and spanked a free-kick past Daniel Akpeyi, to send his side into the final.

Algeria will take on Senegal in the final on Friday, July 19 while Nigeria faces Tunisia in the third-place playoff on Wednesday, July 17.

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