Reigning champions Algeria are knocked out of this year’s tournament in the group
stages following a 3-1 defeat to Ivory Coast in Douala
champions’ defense at the first hurdle
Needing a win to stay alive, The Desert Warriors 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.
When they won their only other Cup of Nations title in 1990, Algeria also exited in
the first round of the next tournament after a 3-0 loss to the Ivorians, who went on to
lift the trophy.