Algeria won (1-0) in a friendly match against Mali on Sunday night, thanks to a goal from Riyad Mahrez. The Fennecs now have 26 games in a row without the slightest defeat, an unbeaten record already equaled on the African continent.
With its success this Sunday against Mali (1-0), Algeria now has 26 games in a row without defeat, for 20 wins and 6 draws. A series of record invincibility on the African continent, only achieved so far by Côte d’Ivoire. Traveling to Tunisia next Friday, the Algerian team will have the opportunity to hold this symbolic record alone.
Against Tunisia on Friday
Largely winners (4-1) of Mauritania last Thursday, already in a friendly meeting, the Fennecs relied this time on Riyad Mahrez to get rid of Mali. A lob (56th) from the Manchester City player, at the top of his game this season, allowed him to clinch the victory, confirming his status as the flagship player of the Algerian team. Mahrez was also making his return to the selection, after a few days of rest in the wake of the defeat in the Champions League final with the Cityzens.
After the Maghreb derby on Friday in Tunis, for a new friendly match, Algeria will continue its tour on June 16, in Oran to challenge Burundi. But this meeting against the AIgles de Carthage promises to be a real test for Riyad Mahrez and his teammates, who won the African Cup of Nations in 2019. Mali, in 2019, had failed against Côte d’Ivoire at the stage of the knockout stages of this CAN.
The last defeat of the selection led by Djamel Belmadi dates back to October 16, 2018, with a setback against Benin during the qualifiers for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Since then, the Fennecs have settled on the roof of Africa. and will have a new opportunity to enter the history books this Friday, in case of success against Tunisia.