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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Algeria Men's National Soccer Team News

September 6, 2015 - El-Arbi Hilal Soudani scores brace in win over Lesotho
"Algeria scored twice in the last five minutes to secure a 3-1 victory away to Lesotho in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Faouzi Ghoulam had put Africa's top-ranked team ahead on 31 minutes but the hosts responded six minutes later through Ralekoti Mokhahlane. On 85 minutes, El-Arbi Hilal Soudani restored Algeria's lead and he made sure of the points with his second just before full-time." - BBC

August 28, 2015 - roster named for AFCON qualifier
  • Goalkeepers: Malik Asselah (CR Belouizdad), Azzedine Doukha (JS Kabylie), Sofiane Khedairia (ES Setif)
  • Defenders: Hocine Benayada (USM Alger), Hichem Belkaroui (Club Africain), Faouzi Ghoulam (SSC Napoli), Abderahmane Hachoud (MC Alger), Nacereddine Khoualed (USM Alger), A├»ssa Mandi (Stade de Reims), Carl Medjani (Trabzonspor), Mehdi Zeffane (Stade Rennais FC)
  • Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier HSC), Yacine Brahimi (FC Porto), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF), Ahmed Kashi (Charlton AFC), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City FC), Walid Mesloub (FC Lorient), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan)
  • Forwards: Ishak Belfodil (Baniyas SC), Baghdad Bounedjah (ES Sahel), Islam Slimani (Sporting CP), El-Arabi Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb)
June 13, 2015 - El Arbi Soudani scores brace in win over Seychelles
"Algeria won 4-0 at home against Seychelles, helped by two goals from forward El Arbi Soudani.... Algeria, Africa's top-ranked team, cruised past Seychelles in Blida with Soudani's first-half double and second-half goals by Islam Slimani and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb." - Bellingham Herald

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March 30, 2015 - Ishak Belfodil & Sofiane Feghouli each score brace in 4-1 win over Oman
"Ishak Belfodil set the tone with a second-minute opener before Sofiane Feghouli bagged a brace. Belfodil then scored his second to make it four, before Al Busaidi pulled one back for the Gulf state." - Caught Off Side

January 27, 2015 - Riyad Karim Mahrez & Nabil Bentaleb score in win over Senegal
"Algeria scored early and late Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Senegal. Riyad Karim Mahrez gave the top-ranked team in Africa the lead in the 11th minute and Nabil Bentaleb added the other in the 82nd.... Mahrez found space behind the defense and collected a long free kick from Madjid Bougherra before beating Senegal goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to give Algeria the early lead. Bentaleb received a pass from Sofiane Feghouli toward the end of the match, controlled it quickly and drove the ball into the net." - News Tribune
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January 19, 2015 - Faouzi Ghoulam & Islam Slimani score in win over South Africa
Tournament favorite Algeria came from behind to beat South Africa 3-1 at the African Cup of Nations on Monday, avoiding a big upset at the start of its campaign. Faouzi Ghoulam and Islam Slimani scored to turn things around for Africa's top team after it fell behind and survived a missed penalty by South Africa. The South Africans led through Thuso Phala's 51st-minute goal, and won a penalty two minutes later. However, Tokelo Rantie's spot kick rebounded off the crossbar. That miss appeared to lift the Algerians, who equalized through an own-goal in the 67th when South Africa's Thulani Hlatshwayo mis-directed a header over his own goalkeeper. Algeria then found its game late. Ghoulam slipped his marker and smashed in a powerful shot, and Slimani made certain of victory at Mongomo Stadium, taking Algeria top of Group C." - Belleville News-Democrat

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December 15, 2014 - roster named for AFCON
"Former France junior international Mehdi Abeid is among a trio of Premier League players to be named in Algeria's squad for the African Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea next month. Uncapped Newcastle United midfielder Abeid will be joined by Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez as the north African side became the first to name their 23-man selection for the January 17-February 8 tournament. Abeid has been used sparingly by Newcastle this season, but did play against Burnley earlier this month. Midfielder Bentaleb, who featured for Spurs on Sunday in their win at Swansea City, will arguably be a bigger loss to his Premier League club and with Algeria among the favourites, could be missing from North London for up to five weeks." - SuperSport

October 11, 2014 - Rafik Halliche & Djamel Mesbah score in win over Malawi
"Algeria moved closer to qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Malawi in Blantyre Saturday. Defenders scored both goals with Rafik Halliche putting the 'Desert Foxes' ahead on 10 minutes and substitute Djamel Mesbah adding a second in stoppage time. Halliche nodded a corner past goalkeeper McDonald Harawa and Mesbah scored with a deflected close-range shot for the top-ranked team in Africa." - Yahoo

September 6, 2014 - Soudani & Brahimi score in win over Ethiopia
"Goals from El Arabi Soudani and Yacine Brahimi ensured Algeria got off to a good start under new coach Christian Gourcuff by beating Ethiopia 2-1 away in Group B of African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday. Soudani scored 11 minutes before halftime for Algeria, who had faced an early onslaught from their hosts on a wet pitch. He missed a good chance soon after the interval before Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez set up Brahimi for the second in the 79th minute. Ethiopia scored a consolation from the penalty spot deep in stoppage time through Salaheddine Said." - Yahoo

June 26, 2014 - Islam Slimani scores in draw with Russia
"Algeria has qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time after Islam Slimani's headed equalizer gave his team a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday. Algeria placed second in Group H behind Belgium, meaning it will meet Germany in the second round. Russia dominated much of the match after taking the lead in the 6th minute when Alexander Kokorin powerfully headed in a left-foot cross from Dmitry Kombarov. Slimani's 60th-minute equalizer came after Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev failed to catch a swinging left-foot free kick from Yacine Brahimi." - NDTV

June 22, 2014 - Slimani, Halliche, Djabou & Brahimi score in win over South Korea
"Algeria put themselves in pole position to reach the World Cup knock-out stages for the first time with a 4-2 win over South Korea in Porto Alegre on Sunday. It was the first time an African team had scored four goals in a World Cup match and ended a 32-year win drought at the finals for the 'Desert Foxes'. First half goals from Islam Slimani, Rafik Halliche and Abdelmoume Djabou put Algeria in total control. Yacine Brahimi's second half strike, sandwiched by efforts from Son Heung-Min and Koo Ja-Cheol, ensured Algeria moved up to second in Group H behind Belgium." - Sydney Morning Herald

June 2, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger)
  • Rais M'bolhi (CSKA Sofia/BUL)
  • Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine).
  • Carl Medjani (Valenciennes/FRA)
  • Aissa Mandi (Reims/FRA)
  • Madjid Bougherra (Lekhwiya/QAT)
  • Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli/ITA)
  • Rafik Halliche (Academica/POR)
  • Essaid Belkalem (Watford/ENG)
  • Liassine Cadamuro (Real Mallorca/SPA)
  • Djamel Mesbah (Livorno/ITA)
  • Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio/FRA).
  • Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia/SPA)
  • Saphir Taider (Inter Milan/ITA)
  • Medhi Lacen (Getafe/SPA)
  • Abdelmoumen Djabou (Club Africain/TUN)
  • Yacine Brahimi (Grenada/SPA)
  • Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham/ENG)
  • Hassan Yebda (Udinese/ITA)
  • Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City/ENG).
  • Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon/POR)
  • Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO)
  • Nabil Ghilas (Porto/POR)

May 31, 2014 - three score in win over Armenia
"Essaid Belkalem, Nabil Ghilas and Islam Slimani all scored in the first half for Algeria before Armenia replied early in the second half through Artur Sarkisov. Defender Belkalem, who spent last season on loan at Watford, gave Algeria a 13th minute lead when he scored from close range following a corner. Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez marked his Algeria debut by creating the second goal on 22 minutes when he supplied Ghilas with the chance to thump home a shot. Slimani, who had missed two earlier chances, increased Algeria's lead further three minutes before the interval when he nodded home the rebound after Ghilas had been denied by the crossbar." - Sky Sports

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