Algeria are champions of Africa thanks to an early goal and an enormous deflection. As with so many major finals, it wasn’t a match to remember. But surely it was a night the Algerian squad will never forget.
In the second minute, Algeria took the lead, and in the most unusual and early fashion. Although Baghdad Bounedjah will go down as the scorer, his shot took a huge deflection off Salif Sane of Schalke, starting his first match of the competition to replace suspended Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly. The ball looped high into the air, over the keeper and landed in the net.