Algeria wins its first Arab Cup

The “green desert foxes”, current African champions, took the lead in the 9th minute of the first half of extra time thanks to a genius from Qatari Al Saad striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who left a clear-heeled ball to their Comrade Sayoud (Al Tai, Saudi Arabia) to reach the net from outside the area with the collaboration of the Tunisian goalkeeper.

With time practically up and the rival goalkeeper in the opposite area to try to score at the exit of a corner, veteran Yacine Brahimi (Al Rayyan, Qatar) took advantage of the rebound to cross the entire field and score at will.

In the general count, Algeria was better. Firm in defense, solid in midfield and imaginative in attack, with three stilettos that marked the differences, Brahimi, ready between the lines, Youcef Belaili (Qatar SC) -the best player of the tournament- like a dagger on the wing and Bounedjah fixing to the centrals.

However, it was the “eagles of Carthage” who were the first to warn with a shot to the crossbar at the exit of a corner from Ifa, a central defender of the African Club (Tunisia).

Minutes later, it would be Menziani, winger for Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), who would have the best chance of the match when he finished off a spectacular pass from Bounedjah from the wing with Moez Hassan already beaten from the penalty spot.

From then on, and well into the second half, the game got muddled: hard tackles, inaccuracies, divided balls and even a tangana attempt that the German referee Daniel Sierbert neutralized with three yellow cards.


Tunisia, under the baton of Hannibal Mebjri, the young Manchester United youth squad – who was overtaken by the stage and Algerian aggressiveness – began to fade and Algeria, with more poise, consolidated behind to go on the counterattack.

However, it was Tunisia that could take the game in the last minute of regulation time, but A Jaziri (Zamalek), the top scorer in the competition, was unable to resolve a high-quality filtered ball in the area.

Once the extension started, Algeria took advantage of its opportunities and Tunisia did not know how to complete theirs to turn the scoreboard and reissue the title achieved in 1963, the date on which this minor tournament was founded, which FIFA decided to organize this year as a test bed for the 2022 World Cup.

The “green foxes of the desert” thus succeed Morocco, champion of the 2012 edition, adding a title that they did not have in their showcases and extending the streak of tournaments won (African champions in 2019) and undefeated matches (34).

Hours before, and at stadium 974 -demountable and made with containers-, the host Qatar defeated Egypt on penalties and won third place.

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