Nigeria vs Algeria: Rohr says Foxes were the better side in first half

Nigeria vs Algeria: Rohr says Foxes were the better side in first half

- Nigeria vs Algeria's AFCON 2019 semifinal game has been played and won 2-1 by the Foxes

- Manchester City striker Riyad Mahrez scored the goal that broke the hearts of Nigerians

- Gernot Rohr has now admitted that Algeria were better than his team in the first half

Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr has explained that his wards were unlucky to have conceded a late goal against Algeria which condemned them to 2-1 defeat in AFCON 2019.

The hopes of the Super Eagles winning the AFCON 2019 title ended on Sunday night, July 14, when Manchester City striker Riyad Mahrez scored a brilliant free kick at the death to beat Nigeria in the semifinal.

Nigerians were expecting the match to be dragged into extra-time as the scoreline was 1-1 after 90 minutes before Mahrez netted in the additional time.

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Rohr however stated in a post match conference that the Super Eagles were undone by concluding that the game will drag beyond the regulation time.

“Unfortunately we conceded the goal towards the last minute, I think my players wanted to go to extra time believing that perhaps Algeria will be tired and we could win this game at the end of extra time.

“It was a wonderful match, we lost it and we are not happy. Congratulations to the Algeria players. They were the better team in the first half,'' Rohr told reporters in Egypt.

Algeria will now face Senegal in the final of the 2019 African Nations Cup while the Super Eagles will face Tunisia in the third place match.

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Earlier, had reported how Algeria qualified for the final of the 2019 African Cup of Nations final after beating the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 on Sunday, July 14, at the Cairo international stadium.

The Foxes started the match impressively in the first half and they almost scored the first goal in the 8th minute, but Nigerian goalie Daniel Akpeyi was superb with a good save.

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo failed to clear the ball in which almost cost Nigeria a goal, but Mohamed Belaili missed the chance as Akpeyi saved. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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