AFCON 2019: Mahrez scores late winner to put Algeria into final

AFCON 2019: Mahrez scores late winner to put Algeria into final
Source: wires
Date: 14-07-2019 Time: 09:07:40:pm
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring the winning goal. Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez curled in a free kick in stoppage time to give Algeria a 2-1 win over Nigeria in a tense Africa Cup of Nations semi-final played in a volatile atmosphere on Sunday.

The Algerians went ahead when William Troost Ekong turned a Mahrez cross into his own net five minutes before halftime.

Nigeria equalised out of the blue midway through the second half with a penalty awarded for handball and converted by Odion Ighalo following a lengthy VAR review.

There were ugly scenes as bottles were thrown after the equaliser. Algeria will face Senegal in Friday's final.