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Algerians rejoice as their side downs Nigeria en route to African Cup final

Algerians celebrated across the country
Algerians celebrated across the country

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Malek Raddad

ALGIERS, July 14 (KUNA) -- Algerians celebrated across the country as their national side made it to football's Africa Nations Cup final on Sunday with a resounding 2-1 victory over three-time winners Nigeria in Cairo.
The streets of the capital, Algiers, were adorned with supporters holding flags and banners, carrying portraits of their favourite players and manager.
Algeria have not won the continental championship since 1990, their sole title, and will have all eyes set on adding a second against one of the tournament's favourites, Senegal, on Friday.
Manchester City star winger Riyad Mahrez put the game to bed in the fifth minute of extra time with a beautifully executed spot kick launched into the top corner, dousing any hopes of a Nigerian comeback in what could have been extra time, had the score been level.
His goal sent the stands into pandemonium as the Desert Warriors denied one of the tournament's favourites.
Senegal earlier knocked out Tunisia in a match that saw both sides miss a penalty each and a penalty call for the latter denied in controversial fashion. (end) mr.sd