Algeria Battles From Behind To Down South Africa; Senegal Beats Ghana

Posted January 19th, 2015 at 9:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Algeria pulled off a scrappy win-from-behind Monday, recovering from one goal down to beat Group C rival South Africa 3-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

South Africa's Tokelo Rantie challenges Algeria's goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi during their Group C soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Mongomo

South Africa’s Tokelo Rantie challenges Algeria’s goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi during their Group C soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations. (REUTERS)

The Desert Foxes were stunned initially, in the 51st minute when Thuso Phala netted home a goal. But an own goal from Thulani Hlatshwayo tied the game in the 67th minute then started to shift the momentum toward Algeria.

Two more goals by Faouzi Ghoulam and Islam Slimani then wrapped up the win, putting Algeria atop Group C with 3 points.

In other group action, Senegal upset favorites Ghana 2-1, behind an added time goal from Moussa Sow. The match was tied at 1 up until the stoppage time, with Ghana’s André Ayew scoring first on a penalty in the 14th minute and Senegal’s Mame Biram Diouf heading home a close goal in the 58th minute.

The game appeared headed for yet another draw for the 2015 tournament, until Sow hit the left-side of the netting from the middle of the box at the 93rd minute.



Mike Eckel
Mike Eckel's dreams of being drafted by Man United or FC Barcelona peaked when he was captain of his high school football team, but ended during his short-lived college career. He continues to be an avid player (midfield) however and holds out hope that Jozy Altidore will get his act together for 2018. When not running VOA's football blogs, he writes about Russia, international war crimes, Central Asia corruption and oversees VOA's multimedia collaboration efforts.

One response to “Algeria Battles From Behind To Down South Africa; Senegal Beats Ghana”


    What a great job from you Sonny, I always trust you and other members of the Africa service crew of the Voice of America, that I always called Voice of Africa, because the coverage of the Africa continent is of utmost important to you guys.
    The ongoing Africa premier soccer event is becoming more interesting with beautiful flow of football, the two games of group C is quite interesting, the winners came from behind to defeat their opponent. I think more surprises are on the way in this tournament.
    Sonny, I must add that the eventual champion might be underdog team.
    Am not please that my dear Super Eagles of Nigeria has no opportunity to defend her trophy, nevertheless, I believe better days lie ahead.
    Sonny, my regards to all the team of African service reporters over there. It has been a long time I have been away from your reportage, hope to be fully part of your life on radio listeners soon.
    Am Jawo Moses Akinnade
    in Okitipupa, Ondo State

    It’s the Sonny side of sports (SSS)

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