Algeria vs Nigeria: Musa, Ighalo speak after Super Eagles 2-1 defeat to Desert Foxes

Algeria vs Nigeria: Musa, Ighalo speak after Super Eagles 2-1 defeat to Desert Foxes

- Algeria vs Nigeria AFCON semifinal clash saw the Fennecs advance to the final of the tourney

- Ighalo said the game was Super Eagles' most difficult game of the competition

- The Desert Foxes will battle Senegal for the title at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday, July 17

Nigeria suffered their second defeat at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tourney following their 2-1 loss to Algeria at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, July 14.

The Fennecs took the lead in the first half through an own goal from William Troost-Ekong in the 40th minute from a Riyad Mahrez's cross from the right flank.

Odion Ighalo leveled parity for the Super Eagles via a VAR assisted penalty in the 72nd minute, but a last minute stunning free kick from Mahrez wrecked the Super Eagles quest for fourth title.

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Meanwhile, the former Watford striker, who is the current highest goals scorer of the tournament with four goals believes his side were just 'unlucky' in the game.

The Shanghai Shenhua striker said: "It was a difficult game and we were unlucky at the last minute, second half we really played well and we didn't deserve what we got today.

"This is football, they got a free kick in the last minute and they scored and the game finished, so we have to learn from our mistake ahead of the third place game.

"I think every match we have played inn this AFCON was tough, but this was tougher because Algeria are a good side, they have played really well. Good luck to them they won today.

"I want to tell them we are sorry, we gave out best but it was not just enough, we conceded a last minute goal but we have to keep on working hard as we have a third place game on the 17th and we hope to win that.

Also reacting to the defeat after the match was former Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa admitted that the match was very difficult.

"The match was very difficult as you can see it was at the end of the game that we lost, but we don't have to give up.

"We have a young crop of players in the team and we just have to put our heads up ahead of the next game.

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"I think the game against Cameroon was a difficult game and today we lost but there is nothing, that has gone by and that's football.

"There was nothing we could have done, they were lucky to get the last minute goal and i wish them all the best in the final. earlier reported that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes his players were unlucky to have conceded a late goal in their AFCON 2019 semifinal clash against Algeria.

An own goal from Willian Troost-Ekong and Riyad Mahrez saw the Desert Foxes cruise to the final while Odion Ighalo's spot kick only proved to be a consolation for the three time African kings.

The Fennecs will now battle Senegal in the final of the championship on Friday, July 19 for a chance to lift the title. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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