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Uzoho’s Blunder Gifts Algeria Comeback Win Over Super Eagles

The senior national team of Algeria secured a comeback 2-1 win over Nigeria in an international friendly game played as part of the ceremony for the opening of the pitch at Oran.

Nine minutes into the game, Nigeria took the lead by profiting from a defensive mix up after Algeria failed to clear a routine corner kick. Aissa Mandi failed to clear the bouncing ball and Terem Moffi slips in behind him to tap it in.

Mandi was again not at ease as he inexplicably passed the ball to Nigerian forward and a combination by Moffi and Ademola Lookman ended in the Atalanta man putting the ball in the net in the 29th minute. The goal was chalked off for offside but replays showed that the goal should have stood.

Three minutes before the half time break, Frank Onyeka’s late tackle on Ramy Bensebaini who was keen on reaching a rebound off an effort from Islam Slimani was penalized for a penalty. Riyad Mahrez stepped up to draw his team level going into the half time break.

Few minutes past the hour mark, Francis Uzoho punched a corner kick back into play and a lay off saw the ball reach Youcef Atal who let fly from range to beat the goalkeeper who was badly positioned and also misjudged the flight of what he should have saved with ease.

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