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2021 AFCON: Ivory Coast beat Algeria as champions suffer early elimination

By BBC Africa
Cup of Nations 2021 AFCON: Ivory Coast beat Algeria as champions suffer early elimination
JAN 20, 2022 LISTEN

Defending champions Algeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-1 defeat against Ivory Coast in Douala.

Needing a win to stay alive, Algeria trailed by two goals at the break after Franke Kessie capped off a fine move and Ibrahim Sangare headed home.

Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe put the Ivorians 3-0 up before Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez hit a penalty against the post.

Algeria, for whom Sofiane Bendebka scored a late consolation, exit bottom of Group E after a torrid display.

Djamel Belmadi's men are the third holders to exit at the first hurdle in the past five Nations Cup finals.

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