Algeria, defending champion, eliminated from the CAN

Defending champions Algeria withdrew from the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Thursday.

Algeria, who had just one point from two games and needed a win to advance to the next round of the tournament, were beaten 3-0 by Ivory Coast in the final game of the tournament. group stage.

Franck Kessie gave the Ivorians the lead, scoring after 23 minutes, while Ibrahim Sangare doubled for Ivory Coast with a brilliant header in the 30th minute.

The Ivorians entered the first half with a deserved two-goal lead, while the Algerians relied on the second half to decide whether they stayed in the tournament.

Shortly after the second half resumed, however, Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe made it three for the Ivorians, making for a difficult comeback for the Algerians.

Riyad Mahrez had the chance to score for the Algerians in the 58th minute but missed the penalty.

Sofiane Bendebka netted a consolation goal for the defending champions in the 73rd minute but that couldn’t prolong their stay in the tournament.

In Group E, Côte d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea advanced to the round of 16 with seven and six points respectively, while Algeria lost with just one point.

Sierra Leone, who got 2 points, hope to qualify on the opportunity of the best losers.