The Algerian national team will face its Tunisian counterpart on Saturday in the final of the 10th edition of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021, which is hosted by the State of Qatar for the second time in its history, with the participation of 16 teams, under the supervision of the International Federation of Football (FIFA).
In the first semi-final of the Arab Cup, Tunisia and Egypt played well and Tunisia dominated the game, although they were unable to score.
In the 94th minute, in stoppage time, Egyptian player Fathi again took a side foul on Youssef Msakni. Tunisian player Naim Sliti took the kick and Elsoulia, the Egyptian captain, in his eagerness to clear the ball, put it into his own net. Fortunate for Tunisia who are through to the final.
In the second semi-final, Algeria faced Qatar for a spot in Saturday's final at the FIFA Arab Cup and went toe to toe with the hosts.
It was a very tightly contested first half and no team had a shot on target until the 35th minute when Yacine Brahimi got one but it was saved by the keeper Saad Al Sheeb.
Both teams went into the locker room deadlocked at 0 and both teams still fighting for that first crucial goal.
Algeria got on the scoreboard in the 59th minute off a corner as the keeper made the save but punched the ball right to Djamel Benlamri who shot the ball into the empty cage for the 1-0 lead.
Qatar turned on from their putting immense pressure on the Algerian defense and Rais M'Bolhi was put to work making some stunning diving saves to keep the ball out.
At the sixth minute of extra time, Qatar tied the game as Mohammed Muntari headed in a ball that went past the Algerian keeper and into the back of the net.
The game kept going and it looked like we were going to extra time but in the 14th minute of extra time Brahimi was taken down in the box and the ref pointed to the spot meaning penalty.
Youssef Belali stepped up to the spot and managed to get a great shot off but Saad Al Sheeb managed to make the save before Belali jumped on the loose rebound and put it in the net to give Algeria the 2-1 lead.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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