AFCON AFCON 2023: Bounedjah strikes late for Algeria to deny Burkina Faso

Baghdad Bounedjah scored in added minutes to help Algeria secure a 2-2 draw against Burkina Faso in their Africa Cup of Nations fixture at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on Saturday.

It was the Stallions, who took the lead in the 45th minute when Mohamed Konate found the back of the net with a powerful header. However, Burkina Faso’s celebrations were cut short when the referee was forced to review the goal via VAR before it was awarded.

In the 50th minute, Algeria moved level when Baghdad Bounedjah bundled one in from close range and make it 1-1. Three minutes later, Bounedjah should have put Algeria ahead for the first time in the game but he missed from close range.

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In the 68th minute, Bertrand Traore won a penalty after he was brought down inside the box and after VAR review it was awarded. The Aston Villa player stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way with a cool penalty. With the Stallions heading for victory and a place in the knockout stage, Bounedjah scored with a header to make it 2-2.

Algeria XI: Mandrea; Atal, Ait Nouri, Bensebani, Mandi; Bentaleb, Feghouli, Zerrouki; Mahrez, Belail, Bouedjah.

Burkina Faso XI: Koffi; Nagalo, Kabore, Taposoba, Konate; Dayo, Tapsoba, Sangae; Toure, Guira, Yago.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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