More than ever, Algeria sits at the top of African football. This Friday, the Fennecs quietly disposed of Tunisia (2-0) at home in Radès in a friendly to chain a 27e consecutive match without defeat. This total allows the band to Djamel Belmadi to erase the record held by Côte d’Ivoire (26 matches between February 2011 and February 2013) to record the longest series of unbeaten in the history of African football! A success all the more resounding since it was obtained in the particular context of a derby and on the ground of a nation which is ahead of Algeria in the FIFA rankings (26th against 33rd).
With their typical team less Bennacer and Guedioura facing Tunisians deprived of Sassi and Msakni, the visitors very quickly took matters into their own hands and multiplied the assaults on the camp of the locals, completely asphyxiated. Just after a first alert from Mahrez rejected by Hassen, the Greens were rewarded for their good start. On an indirect free kick from Benlamri, Belaïli tore himself away and served Bounedjah who opened the scoring with a crushed half-volley (0-1, 18e). The dreaded “Oran-connection” had struck again!
Mahrez scores again from a free kick!
The Algerian pressure did not weaken and Feghouli, dried by Bronn at the extreme limit of the surface, obtained a good free kick that Mahrez, in the process of becoming an exercise specialist, transformed by taking advantage of the feverishness of the Tunisian wall which crumbling (0-2, 28e). The hole was made and the Carthage Eagles might try to retaliate, M’Bolhi remained vigilant to deflect Khazri’s attempts before the break and then Rafia and Sliti when they returned from the locker room.
In management in the second half and not really worried even after the expulsion of Guedioura (87e), just entered into play, the Algerians continue to build up confidence before approaching the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in September. In their sights now: the record unbeaten streaks at world level held by Spain (35 games between 2006 and 2009) and Brazil (35 games between 1993 and 1996).
Mahrez’s free kick in video
RIYAD MAHREZ’S MAGNIFICENT GOAL TO DOUBLE THE BET! #TUNALG
— MahrezFrance 🇵🇸 (@MahrezFR26) June 11, 2021