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Surprise: Algeria fell – AFCON – Playon99 News

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Equatorial Guinea beat Algeria 1-0 with a goal from Orozco. The defending champions were last in the group and this match could have been the surprise of the AFCON tournament – Playon99 News

The 2021 Africa Cup had witnessed several surprises, but we already have the first big hit.

The 0-1 defeat against Equatorial Guinea leaves Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria on the ropes.

The situation of the current champion, who could not beat Sierra Leone in the debut, is limiting and it is not easy for her to reach the round of 16.


There is only one match left and they are bottom of Group E with 1 point. Ivory Coast is first with 4, Equatorial Guinea has 3, and Sierra Leone only two. They depend on themselves, but the pass will be played in a direct duel against the Ivorians.

Credit goes to Equatorial Guinea, which put an end to an almost invincible team: Algeria had gone 35 games without losing, the best active streak at the national team level after Argentina.


The team led by Juan Micha, just as they did in the 0-1 defeat against Ivory Coast, offered a very good image. The desert foxes dominated possession (69-31%), but were unable to corner their rival on Jesús Owono’s goal and the proof is that Equatorial Guinea had more shots on goal: 3-4.

The bombshell materialized in the 70th minute when Esteban Orozco scored 0-1. The Antequera footballer took advantage of a prolonged corner pass by Josette at the first post to score coming in from behind.


It was time to resist, Equatorial Guinea succeeded and even the VAR took their side to annul a great goal by Belaïli for offside in the 82nd minute.

The madness in Equatorial Guinea was total: players jumping, crying, others on their shoulders. It was worth it in their first participation in the Africa Cup -the previous two were as hosts- and they have starred in the surprise of the tournament.

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