Algeria extended an unbeaten run to 19 matches with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria‘s Super Eagles Friday in an international friendly played yesterday evening between two of the top five ranked African countries.
In another high-profile friendly match was played behind closed doors ahead of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying next month, Morocco won 3-1 over a much depleted Senegalese side.
Burkina Faso, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia all also won their respective matches, while 2021 Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon drew 0-0 against Japan.
Algeria who are the current AFCON champions took less than six minutes to score the goal in the Austrian town of Sankt Veit an der Glan that sank Nigeria in a rematch of the 2019 semi-final at the flagship African competition.
Centre-back Ramy Bensebaini sped forward for a corner kick and successfully connected with the ball by heading the ball downward and sending it straight into the net.
Nigeria gave a debut to Frankfurt-born Kevin Akpoguma who, like Bensebaini, plays in the Bundesliga, and represented Germany at under-age level before switching his national allegiance.
The defender is the latest of many Europe-born footballers to represent the African country where parents or grandparents come from.
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