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CAN: Algerians lacking inspiration, ultra-realistic Mauritania and Angola... the tops and the flops


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CAN: Algerians lacking inspiration, ultra-realistic Mauritania and Angola... the tops and the flops


Dominating is not winning. More than ever, this saying showed its full truth during the elimination of Algeria (1-0) and the defeat of Burkina Faso (2-0). For the vast majority of the match, the Fennecs had the ball, but their 75% possession was barren. Mauritania had a plan and it worked because it was the Mourabitounes who were the most dangerous, especially on the counterattack. The Mauritanians were even closer to 2-0 than 1-1. In the other meeting, same scenario. With 20 strikes to 6, the Burkinabés did not manage to score a single goal, facing an Angolan team well in place and focused on its hold. So there's no point in dominating, you just have to score.

While the other 10 Algerian players were champing at the bit, the only one who brought danger was Adam Ounas. Until the hour mark, Lille created the majority of green and white actions, like this daring strike a quarter of an hour into the game, or with a precise cross for Aouar, unable to score. In the 60th minute, Belmadi had the bad idea to bring out his sharpest offensive player. Ounas left the field and the semblance of Algerian creativity with it.


Placed on the sidelines at the start of the match, Djamel Belmadi quickly reversed his decision and brought in the Fennecs captain at half-time. The Algerian Joker did not bring the expected impact on the Algerian game. 45 minutes, no shots and a few lost balls later, the change had the effect of a damp squib. Riyad Mahrez returns to the locker room with his tail between his legs and elimination in the first round across his throat.

Traoré, Ouattara, Badolo and company all tried, but none found the fault in the Angolan defense. Despite an abundant number of chances, the Burkinabés stumbled repeatedly, 20 shots for 3 attempts on target, but above all 11 blocked shots. Bertrand Traoré, not to mention him, was the typical example. The ex-Lyonnais often missed his last move and symbolized the lack of inspiration of his team. Punished for a set piece against the run of play (36'), they fell into the trap set by the Palancas Negras.

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