Algeria won the African Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 1-0 in the final. An early goal of Baghdad Bounedjah, in the second minute, was enough for the Fennecs, who won their second title after the first back in 1990.
Bounedjah’s shot on Algeria’s first attack deflected off Senegal defender Salif Sané and looped over goalkeeper Alfred Gomis at Cairo International Stadium.
The goal was timed at 79 seconds — the fastest in a Cup of Nations final for at least 39 years — and delivered Algeria just a second African title and first since 1990.
July the 19th marked the arrival of a new generation for the Algerian football by the guidance of Djamel Belmadi, the coach who transformed in one year a team that was absent from the World Cup 2018. Senegal, despite the talent of Sadio Mané, did not find the key to equalize.
From the international stadium in Algiers to the big French cities, thousands flags in the colors of Algeria, have begun to float in the wind, in a night of intense celebrations.
In the Algerian capital, the streets were packed by huge crowd of fans, who celebrated with klaxons, vuvuzelas and fireworks covering the sky without interruption.
Same scenes occurred in France, from Marseilles to Lille, under the supervision of strong police forces.
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