Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a bizarre deflected goal in the 2nd minute of the match.
The north African side beat Senegal 1-0 after Baghdad Bounedjah’s early effort took a huge deflection off Salif Sane and ballooned over the stricken Alfred Gomes.
The loss may be even harder to take for the Senegalese players as the winning goal came from Algeria’s only shot on target during the entire match.
Things got worse for Senegal around the hour mark when a VAR decision over-ruled the ref’s decision to award the Lions of Teranga a penalty kick. The ref initially penalised Adlene Guedioura for a perceived handball but his decision was overturned on the basis that the midfielder’s hand was in a natural position when it made contact with the ball.
Algeria’s victory means they claim the trophy for the second time, having previously won it in 1990. Senegal are still searching for their first Afcon title.
After the game, Algeria manager Djamel Belmadi heaped praise on his players by saying, “They are the main ones. I suppose the staff played its part in guiding the players but they applied the instructions incredibly well.”
The game marked Senegal’s second appearance in an Afcon final. The first came in 2002 where they lost on penalties to Cameroon.