Champions Algeria on the verge of elimination – see current 2021 Afcon standings – Sports Africa

Defending champions Algeria could yet suffer more ignominy in the Africa Cup Nations should they be eliminated in the group stages after a shock 1-0  defeat by minnows Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

Algeria have one point and will have to reckon with Ivory Coast, another wounded Group E heavweight who were humiliated by the tournament’s rank outsiders Sierra Leone in a 2-2 draw, in a do-die or match.

The result means the Desert Warriors’ 35-match unbeaten run came to an end in the hands of the most unexpected opponents.

As the African footballing powerhouses fight to the death in the final group matches, unfancied sides Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone will be locked in their own battle a round of 16 ticket awaiting the victor.

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