Defending champion Algeria crashes out of AFCON after woeful group stage
Algeria is out of the Africa Cup of Nations after finishing bottom of Group E with just a single point from three matches.
Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea took first and second in the group, respectively, and qualified for the last 16. Sierra Leone was eliminated as one of the two worst third-place finishers at the tournament.
Players returning to clubs in Europe's top five leagues:
|Ismael Bennacer||AC Milan|
|Said Benrahma||West Ham United|
|Ramy Bensebaini||Borussia Monchengladbach|
|Riyad Mahrez||Manchester City|
Franck Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare, and Nicolas Pepe built a three-goal lead for the Ivory Coast in Douala before Mahrez fired a penalty against the post. Algeria's Sofiane Bendebka scored following a fine corner-kick routine but there was little chance of a comeback from Djamel Belmadi's outplayed side.
Algeria became the first national team to lose two group stage games during its Cup of Nations defense since Cameroon in 1990.