In a repeat of earlier group game, Algeria once again edged Senegal by one goal to win AFCON 2019. Senegal were hoping to clinch their first ever African cup of Nations title, but ended in disappointment.
Algeria got their goal on their very first attack. It was a surprise goal as Baghdad Bounedjah’s deflected shot rises so high and then dips beyond the Senegalese goal keeper into the net. The Senegal goal keeper didn’t make an attempt to save as he was rooted to his spot and watched helplessly as the ball dipped into the net.
Senegal 0, Algeria 1 !, this was not according to the script for Senegal. They have never won the AFCON, and this was a good chance for them. After the goal it was attack, attack for Senegal. They were even awarded a penalty in the 61st minute by the referee which was overturned by VAR. In the end , for all Senegal efforts they got NOTHING, as Algeria held on to win AFCON 2019.
This is the second African Cup of Nations trophy for Algeria, 19 yeas after they won the first. Coincidentally in the final 19 years ago they beat Nigeria 1-0. They scored the goal very early in the game and defended well until the end. Algeria has been the best team of the tournment and desere to be champions.
Nigeria’s striker Odion Ighalo won the Golden Boot award. He is the highest goal scorer in the tournament with 5 goals.