Nigeria vs Algeria: Sofiane Feghouli and Youcef Atal doubtful for AFCON semi-final clash

Nigeria vs Algeria: Sofiane Feghouli and Youcef Atal doubtful for AFCON semi-final clash

- Nigeria vs Algeria square up in the semi-final cracker at the ongoing 2019 AFCON in Egypt

- Algeria's duo Sofiane Feghouli and Youcef Atal are doubtful for July 14 showdown

- The winner of the match will progress to the final match of the tournament on July 19

Algeria’s Desert Foxes are likely to be without two top stars when they trade tackles with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in their semi-final clash on Sunday, July 14, at the Cairo International Stadium.

The pair of Galatasaray’s midfielder Sofiane Feghouli and Nice’s defence ace Youcef Atal are struggling to be fit for the semi-final after cropping various degrees of injury during their quarterfinal tie against Ivory Coast’s Elephants.

Youcef Atal was replaced by Mehdi Zeffane after 30th minute of action after cropping an injury.

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And during the extra-time Feghouli was also replaced by Andy Delort

With two days to game time, both players are expected to undergo late fitness test, to determine their availability for the contest.

So far, the North Africans have recorded four wins and one draw at the ongoing 2019 AFCON, netting ten times and conceding just once.

However, they had to bank on penalties to beat Ivory Coast in the quarterfinal after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.

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Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are rearing to go after claiming four victories in five games, including the 2-1 quarterfinal win over South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Wednesday night.

The Nigeria vs Algeria semi-final showdown will kick-off by 8:00pm Nigerian time.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Algeria have sealed a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after stunning Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties in a thrilling quarter final clash played at Suez Stadium on Thursday, July 11.

Both Serey Die and Wilfried Bony missed their spot-kicks for Ivory Coast, with Youcef Belaili having his hit the post for Algeria.

The two sides settled for a 1-1 draw after regulation time, Sofiane Feghouli scoring Algeria's opener in the 20th minute, before Jonathan Kodjia equalising Ivory Coast in the second half.

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