The Algerians take the lead in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group D with three points ahead of the Beninese.
The Fennec Foxes are in a favorable position with 7 points, three points ahead of the Squirrels who they face in the reverse fixture in Cotonou on Tuesday. Gambia and Togo complete the group with the duo locked on two points a piece following their 1-1 draw in Lome.
As announced, Djamel Belmadi sought to find new solutions in the animation by giving the keys of the game to Yacine Benzia who played in free electron down to look for the balls very low, while asking Saphir Taider whom plays for Montreal Impact in the MLS to play very high in a sort of 4-1-4-1.
Algeria won their game 2-0 against Benin on Friday at Tchaker Stadium in Blida with goals from Ramy Bensebaini (21st) and Baghdad Bounedjah (75th) in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The first goal came on a corner of Ryad Mahrez who was captain for the game. His ball came to the far post and Benzia of the head turned towards Bounedjah, the ball pushed back by the goalkeeper gave the opportunity to Bensebaini who took it with his left foot to open the mark (21 ‘).
Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounie finally forced Rais M’Bolhi into a save in the 54th minute, with the Foxes shot-stopper on hand to keep out the towering Benin forward’s header.
The hosts regained their ascendancy soon after and were only denied a second on the hour mark by some brilliant last-ditch defending with both Bounedjah and Mahrez stifled in quick succession.
In the second half, Sofiane Feghouli, who had just replaced Benzia for his first ball, is also putting his head on a three-touch action, in the direction of Bounedjah, who takes space over 40 meters to perfectly align the Beninese goalkeeper (73 ‘ ).
Recently recalled Ishak Belfodil should’ve made it three in the dying exchanges, but the forward failed to convert with the goal at his mercy. It mattered little, though, in the end as Algeria returned to winning ways while also keeping their first clean sheet of the year.
Algeria has an average of 77% of ball possesion. Ramy Bensebaini who plays for Stade de Rennes in LIGUE 1 played a strong game for Algeria in both ways offensive and defensive, Ramy was formed at Jmg football academy in Algeria