Algeria and Nigeria meet at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, in a match for the semifinal of the African Cup of Nations. Nigeria has a clear advantage in the history of direct confrontations with Algeria: in the last 6 games, the Nigerians totaled 5 wins and 1 draw. The only draw was in the last game, when they drew 1×1.
The Algerians reach this stage of the African Cup of Nations after beating Côte d’Ivoire on penalties in a game that reached the 120 ‘with a draw by 1×1: the only goal of the team was scored by Sofiane Feghouli. We remember that Algeria had beaten Guinea in the previous round of this competition, with a 3×0 victory. The Algerian team already won this trophy in 1990, when the competition was held in their country.
Analyzing the 10 previous matches in several competitions, it is possible to observe that the best period of Algeria is between 16 ‘and 45’, when they scored nine goals and did not suffer goals. It should be noted that in the 8 games in which he opened the scoring, in 6 he maintained the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘.
Even in the games mentioned above, Algeria scored on average 2 goals and suffered on average 0.6 goals per game, that is, it exhibits an effective offensive sector and a very cohesive defensive sector. It is important to keep in mind that 60% of these matches finished with less than 2.5 goals in the final score. The right-back Adam Ounas is the best gunner of Algeria, with 3 goals scored.
Nigeria reach this semifinal after beating the competent selection of South Africa, or 2×1: the goals of the team were scored by Chukwueze and Troost-Ekong. This game proved to be more difficult than it seemed at first, as the winning goal appeared at 89 ‘. In the last 16 matches of the competition, the Nigerians beat Cameroon with a 3×2 victory. It should be noted that Nigeria has already won the African Cup of Nations on 3 occasions, the last time in 2013.
When analyzing the 10 previous games, it is possible to point out that Nigeria‘s best period is in the last 30 minutes of the second half, when they scored 5 goals and suffered only 1. It should be noted that the team opened the scoring in only 5 of the 10 previous games, but maintained the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘.
In these same games, the Nigerians scored an average of 1.38 goals and suffered 0.7 goals per game, that is, despite presenting an offensive sector that is not very effective, the defensive sector has proven to be very solid. It should be noted that 70% of these games ended with less than 2.5 goals on the scoreboard. Odion Oghalo is Nigeria’s top scorer, with 3 goals scored in the competition.