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Afcon 2019: Riyad Mahrez and the key Algeria players to watch out for against Nigeria

09:37 EAT 14/07/2019
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Ahead of the semi-final we look at the Algerian players the Super Eagles should be most concerned about

  • Riyad Mahrez of Algeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals last 16 match between Algeria

    Riyad Mahrez

    The Manchester City man is the captain of the side, and fulfils an important role in Algeria's transition from defence to attack. There is no secret about his passing range, his touch and his finishing ability. The question is whether or not Nigeria can stop him. If not, that could prove the difference between the third-place match and the final

  • Youcef Belaili Algeria 06272019

    Youcef Belaili

    Belaili has been arguably Algeria’s best player through the tournament. Always stationed between the lines to receive passes and combine with the centre-forward Baghdad Bounedjah, with whom he has an excellent relationship. The Esperance player also pops up with important goals.

  • Baghdad Bounedjah Algeria Kenya AFCON 2019 23062019

    Baghdad Bounedjah

    He has not lit up the tournament with goals, but Bounedjah is pivotal to the way Algeria play. A nightmare to defend against, constantly chasing, fouling and bending every law to breaking point. He will be a huge test for the concentration levels of the Nigeria defence on Sunday.

  • Ismael Bennacer - Algeria

    Ismael Bennacer

    He was named the player of the group stage by Caf, and there were few calls to contest that. His passing range in midfield is superb, and he has also proven he can handle himself physically. Shutting him down will be the first point of duty for the Super Eagles, as he has the ability to dictate the play, and make telling runs into the final third.