Africa Cup of Nations defending champions Algeria were humiliated, out-muscled, beaten and dumped out of the Cameroon edition by Ivory Coast, courtesy of a 4-1 win at the Japoma Stadium on Thursday.
The result meant the end of this year’s journey for the Algerians after collecting one point in the three Group E matches.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast not only sailed to the round of 16 but also confirmed the leadership of the group after amassing seven points.
Frank Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare, Nicholas Pepe and Sabastian Haller were on the scoresheet for the Elephants whereas Sofiane Bendebka scored Algeria’s consolation.
At 23 minutes, Pepe who was busy all night worked a good ball from the right wing to an unmarked Kessie who deftly shot on the volley to make it 1-0.
Sangare added a second at the 40th minute mark, heading home a superb freekick from Serge Aurier, to head at halftime with a two-goal cushion.
The dangerous Pepe returned with a bang at 55 minutes, curling brilliantly from the box to make it 3-0, and kill off any hopes of a comeback held by the Algerians.
Three minutes later, Algeria’s skipper Riyad Mahrez had a chance to draw a quick consolation from the spot, but he could only fire at the post, to pile more misery on his team.
Algeria scored their only goal of the tournament though, through Bendebka who striked home a good ball from Aissa Mandi at 73 minutes.
There was still more glory for the Ivorians who added a fourth through Haller’s header off Habib Maiga’s cross in the 93rd minute.
As the Algerians pack their bags well humiliated, Ivory Coast will take on Egypt in the round of 16 and the winner will tussle it out with either Morocco or Malawi in the quarterfinals.
How they lined up
Ivory Coast: Badra Ali Sangare (GK), Ghislain Konan, Odilon Kossounou, Jean Micheal Seri, Frank Kessie, Max Gradel, Sabastian Haller, Nicholas Pepe, Serge Aurier(c), Simon Deli, Ibrahim Sangare
Substitutions: Eliezer Ira, Karim Konate, Jean Kouassi, Maxwell Cornet, Habib Maiga, Hamed Traore, Abdoul Cisse, Geoffroy Serey, Eric Bailly, Wilfred Zaha
Algeria: Adi Rais Cobos M’bolhi (GK), Aissa Mandi, Djamel Benlamri, Riyad Mahrez(c), Mohamed Youcef Belaili, Baghdad Bounedjah, Sofiane Feghouli, Youcef Atal, Rami Bansebaini, Ismael Bennacer, Said Benrahma
Substitutions: Mehdi Tahrat, Amine Tougai, Yacine Brahimi, Islam Slimani, Haris Belkebla, Farid Boulaya, Roger Oukidja, Adrem Zorgane, Ilves Cheti, Houcine Benayada, Mohamed Amine Amoura