At the end of a tense match, the National Team A ‘qualified for the final of the Arab Cup at the expense of Qatar, the host country of the competition.
It was a long night again. If Algeria A ‘of Madjid Bougherra had already experienced its share of stress against Morocco a few days ago (2-2, 5-3 after tab), the semi-final of the Arab Cup that it had to play against Qatar, the host country of the event, is not left out either.
In this meeting at the top, Bougherra chose to align again a 4-2-3-1 but not without changing some of the men. Djamel Benlamri and Baghdad Bounedjah, both diminished and therefore unavailable against Morocco, found a place in the 11 holder to the detriment of Mohamed Amine Tougai and Merouane Zerrouki. A strong choice in the middle was also noticed since Houssem Eddine Mrezigue, holder during the last meeting, was this time replaced by Zakaria Draoui.
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The Greens had difficulty entering the meeting. Qatar, author of a high and intense pressing, first dominated the debates and even failed to open the scoring by Almoez Ali. Quickly, EN A ‘recovered and Bounedjah, well served by Chetti, only missed a few centimeters to open the scoring.
Upon returning from the locker room, the Algerians were looking to immediately gain the upper hand over their evening rivals. On a corner well repelled by the opposing keeper, Houcine Benayada attempted a volley that Djamel Benlamri slightly deflected, enough to extend the ball into the net (0-1). The rest of the match was much more tense and, from the 67th minute, Baghdad Bounedjah, injured, was replaced by Mehdi Tahrat in a defensive will assumed by Madjid Bougherra.
The refereeing of the match, so far remained correct, will allow the very astonishing amount of 9 minutes of added time and, in the 90 + 7 ‘, Muntari equalized for Qatar (1-1). Finally, after 18 minutes of added time, Yacine Brahimi obtained a penalty that will transform, in two stages, Youcef Belaïli (1-2). Qualification is hard to obtain for the Greens, therefore, but a qualification nonetheless for the first Arab Cup final in the history of Algeria.
Raïs M’Bolhi (7): Author until then of a tournament without a hitch, the captain of the EN A ‘has again made a very good copy. Impeccable in his kicking game and serene on his line, he can do nothing about the goal he conceded in extra time.
Houcine Benayada (6): A not uninteresting match for Houcine Benayada, well involved in his defensive repositioning. It is he who, by a strike, is at the origin of the first Algerian goal.
Abdelkader Bedrane (6,5): Once again physically strong, Abdelkader Bedrane shows output after output that he is an important element of the Greens, including in A.
Djamel benlamri (6): He was making his comeback in the Algerian 11 and some feared that he would be too physically impaired to take on such a meeting. Applied, scorer on deflection, Benlamri reassures before the CAN.
Ilyes Chetti (8) : What a game! While he had been quite discreet against Morocco, Ilyes Chetti literally stepped on his vis-à-vis for this match against Qatar. Very offensive, he never stopped taking his lane and looking for the one-two with his teammates.
Sofiane Bendekba (6): A little less prominent than against Morocco, the player trained in NAHD will still have left his mark on the Algerian midfielder. Precious.
Zakaria Draoui (4): He was the surprise guest of the evening and, admittedly, he was disappointed. Draoui thus appeared a notch below his teammates, too often in the wrong tempo or missing gestures yet simple for him.
Tayeb Meziani (6,5): His Arab Cup is a real satisfaction. Very voluntary, the Algerian right winger could even have delivered an assist if Baghdad Bounedjah had been able to regain his center in the first half. Replaced by El Arbi Hilal Soudani, generous but clumsy.
Youcef Belaïli (6,5): If he will have made the show by his small bridges and his pretty dribbles, Belaïli seemed quite borrowed physically at times. Despite everything, it is he who offers the qualification to the Greens on a penalty scored in two stages.
Yacine Brahimi (5,5): He fell back a bit. Multiplying unnecessary touches of the ball and locking himself in, Yacine Brahimi will however have been the one who obtained the decisive penalty from the Algerians at the very end of the game.
Baghdad Bounedjah (5,5): Madjid Bougherra said of him that his value was recognized in his absence and this is probably true. However, if he was present on the lawn of the Al Thumama stadium, Baghdad Bounedjah did not shine. His physical contribution is still as interesting but his game in handing-over is clearly to be reviewed. Replaced by Mehdi Tahrat, who loses his duel on the Qatari goal.
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