Soccer-Equatorial Guinea upset holders Algeria in Cup of Nations shock

Soccer-Equatorial Guinea upset holders Algeria in Cup of Nations shock

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17/1/2022 1:42:00 AM

Soccer-Equatorial Guinea upset holders Algeria in Cup of Nations shock

DOUALA (Reuters) - Esteban Obiang scored 20 minutes from time as Equatorial Guinea pulled off one of the great Africa Cup of Nations finals upsets with a 1-0 win over defending champions Algeria on Sunday.

Obiang struck from a corner as the tiny nation of 1.4-million ended Algeria's run of 35 unbeaten internationals, inflicting their first defeat since a 1-0 loss to Benin in October 2018. Sunday's defeat means they fall short of Italy's record of 37-match unbeaten streak set last year.

Equatorial Guinea now have a chance to win the group when they face Sierra Leone in their last game on Thursday. They have three points, one behind the leaders Ivory Coast. Sierra Leone are on two points and Algeria have one.Equatorial Guinea had been given little chance but battled gamely and took a rare opportunity when Josette Miranda flicked a corner across the face of the Algerian goal and defender Obiang struck the ball home at the back post.

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