After the French-speaking clash of the semi-finals between Senegal and Tunisia, the second meeting of the last four of the African Cup of Nations will pit Algeria against Nigeria. A duel with the perfume of final between two African cadors.
STRENGTHS IN PRESENCE. Two contenders for the title!
Inaccurate since the beginning of the competition (5 wins in as many games), the Fennecs are both the best attack and the best defense of the competition (10 goals scored, only 1 cashed). On his way, Djamel Belmadi's Algeria crushed Kenya (2-0), overtook Senegal (1-0), outclassed Tanzania (3-0), and Guinea ( 3-0) and finally eliminated Côte d'Ivoire (1-1, 3-4 tab) in the round of 16. On a small cloud since the start of the CAN, Algerians will be wary of Nigeria Super Eagles unimpressive, but effective enough to get to this stage of the competition.
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On the other side, little flamboyant at the time of his entry in the contest (two short victories and a defeat vis-a-vis Madagacar), Nigeria remains nevertheless a continental cador. Three-time winners of the CAN, seven-time finalists, Nigerians can boast of having rallied the semi-finals fifteen times in eighteen participations. A regularity once again assumed by the men of Gernot Rohr who were able to increase their level of play over meetings to reach the last four. In the knockout match, the Super Eagles proved formidable in overturning Cameroon (3-2), defending champion, and then easily dominating South Africa in the quarterfinals (2-1). So beware of unpleasant surprises on the Maghreb side.
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