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AFCON 2019: How Nigeria and Algeria have fared in past encounters

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria are gearing up for a titanic clash in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final tie at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Going by previous encounters between the Eagles and the Desert Foxes which has always provided tremendous sparks, there is very little to separate these two enterprising teams.In the head-to-head record, Nigeria has won eight of the previous encounters while Algeria had won seven, with five drawn. At the 1984 and 1988 Africa Cup of Nations, their matches were drawn, though the Eagles prevailed on penalty shoot-out in the latter as it was a semi-final match and a winner had to emerge.

Three years later, Nigeria would stop Algeria qualifying for the World Cup, beating the Foxes 4-1 in Lagos and drawing 1-1 in Algiers for their own first-ever FIFA World Cup ticket.It was the same scoreline eight years later at the AFCON hosted by Angola, with the victory this time earning Nigeria the bronze medals.


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