Every team that has played against Algeria at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations have confessed about their organisation, not only defensively but also offensively.
The latest to feel the Algerian wrath was Nigeria who lost to the Dessert Foxes 2-1 in the second semi-final of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations.
An own goal by William Troost-Ekong in the 40th minute gave Algeria the lead they had worked for all night, but that was cancelled out in the 72nd minutes.
Video Assistant referee awarded Nigeria a penalty after Aissa Mandi handled the ball in the area, Odion Ighalo drew Nigeria level from 12 yards.
But the moment of genius was embraced by Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez who scored a 92nd minute freekick to send Algeria to the final for the fist time since 1990.
“It was a good fight from my team until the last minute,” Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr told journalists after the game.
“We conceded a good goal from a top quality player at a time I think the players wanted to go to extra and try to win it there thinking Algeria will be tired but it didn’t happen.”
Nigeria tried to match Algeria pound for pound, but their pace on the wings didn’t work out and Rohr didn’t have answers after Algeria had beat them at their own game.
“Algeria made a better pressing than us, their midfield operated better than ours forcing our defenders into mistakes, our wingers also didn’t give their best.
“They were well organised and that made us struggle, but my players put up a big fight against a very good team,” he noted.
Nigerian became only the second team to score against Algeria at the tournament, in six games, the Algerians have scored 12, averaging two goals per game.
The other team to score against Algeria at the Nations Cup is Ivory Coast, that was in the one all draw quarterfinal before Atlas Lions eventually won 4-2 on penalties.