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Algeria 2-1 Nigeria: Riyad Mahrez scores as Super Eagles lose fourth consecutive match to Desert Foxes (Video)

Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez scored as Algeria defeated Nigeria’s Super Eagles 2-1 in a friendly match played in Stade Olympique d’Oran.

Terem Moffi gave the Super Eagles the lead early in the first half but goals from Riyad Mahrez and Youcef Atal sealed the comeback win.

The result means Algeria have now won their last four encounters with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The Foxes had the better of ball possession in the opening five minutes and dominated their Nigerian opponents, but the Eagles struck first through Moffi, who pounced on a ricochet in the box to score in the ninth minute. It was Nigeria’s first shot on target in the match.

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The Algerians tried an immediate response, but the Eagles had settled and easily quelled any goal-bound move.

Coach Jose Peseiro started Frank Onyeka in the holding midfield role ahead of a young defensive pairing of Kevin Akpoguma and Calvin Bassey, who were playing together for the first time, according to DailyTimes Report.

Riyad Mahrez hit the post in the 19th minute after Youcef Belaïli pounced on Zaidu Sanusi’s weak-headed backless on but after he vaulted an onrushing Francis Uzoho, the ball fell to Mahrez who could only hit the post with his right foot.

In the 23rd minute, the Eagles broke on the counterattack, and with a four versus three advantage, Sanusi made a hash of an attempted cross-field pass to Ademola Lookman. In the 28th minute, Lookman scored but the assistant referee flagged offside though video replays showed he was onside when the move developed from Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot which was parried towards Moffi, who passed to Lookman to score.

Islam Slimani tried to claim a penalty after his header went out for a corner off Sanusi’s head. The referee had a talk with a fuming Peseiro in the 37th as the referee was showing a clear bias in his refereeing. A minute later, he awarded a phantom penalty after the ball was long gone and booked Onyeka. Mahrez stepped forward and sent Uzoho the wrong way for Algeria’s equaliser.

Watch the highlights of the match Desert Foxes of Algeria beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 on Tuesday, at Stade Olympique d’Oran below:

What’s next?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will face the Super of Nigeria on November 16 in the preparation for the World Cup, but unfortunately, Nigeria will not be participating after failing to qualify for the tournament.

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