Afcon Holders Algeria Held To Draw By Stubborn Sierra Leone

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In Group E, Algeria started their defense of the Africa Cup of Nations title with a goalless draw against a tenacious and spirited Sierra Leone team.

The Leone Stars had the better first-half chances, with Alhaji Kamara nearly missing two chances.

After the half, Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi fired a shot straight at goalkeeper Mohamed Nbalie Kamara, who also tipped a low shot from Riyad Mahrez beyond the post.

In stoppage time, Nbalie Kamara denied Ramy Bensebaini and Baghdad Bounedjah.

Steven Caulker, a former England defender who just switched allegiance to Sierra Leone, produced two key blocks to help his side keep a clean sheet in their first Nations Cup appearance since 1996.

BBC Sport

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