Algeria stuns Tunisia in injury time to win FIFA Arab Cup title

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Amir Sayoud scored the first goal in the ninth minute of extra time, and Yacine Brahimi sealed Algeria’s victory with the second goal scored at the last minute.

The 10th edition of the Arab Cup was held at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar. (AFP)

Extra-time goals from substitutes Amr Sayoud and Yacine Brahimi saw Algeria win 2-0 over neighboring Tunisia in the Arab Cup final.

Victory at Al Bayt Stadium north of the Qatari capital on Saturday added the Arab crown to the Africa Cup of Nations title which Algeria won in 2019, and will defend in Cameroon next month.

Sayoud, 31, made his international debut in the tournament opener against Algeria but did not play again until the hour mark in the final.

His thunderous 99th-minute shot left Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassen no chance and made Sayoud an instant national hero.

Brahimi scored on a breakaway with the game’s final kick as Tunisia pushed everyone for a last-minute corner and he ran away unchecked after the ball was cleared by the Algerian defence.

Tunisia hit the crossbar through Bilel Ifa in the 14th minute and Algerian keeper Rais Mbolhi had to rock Naim Sliti’s effort over the top in a brilliant start for the underdogs.

But Algeria should have led when Tayeb Mezaini had the goal at his mercy in the 21st minute but missed his effort.

Algeria had the advantage in possession but the best chance of the second half was for Tunisia, as Seifeddine Jaziri led a last-minute counterattack but put his shot into the side netting.

Algeria finally made the breakthrough in extra time, although they needed more saves from Mbolhi to keep their lead intact.

The tournament was designed as a dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup.

It is the first time fans have crowded into some of the stadiums the Gulf Arab state has built in preparation for the showpiece global tournament.

The stadium, which looks like a giant black and white Bedouin tent like those traditionally used by nomadic tribes in the Arabian Gulf, will host the opening game of the World Cup.

Source: Reuters

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