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Africa Cup of Nations 2021 roundup - January 11

Tom Gott
Nigeria got off to a perfect start
Nigeria got off to a perfect start / DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/GettyImages
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Tuesday's African Cup of Nations action took us to Groups D and E, with three games played throughout the day.

Algeria's quest to retain their crown began early on with a meeting with Sierra Leone, before Nigeria took on Egypt and Sudan vs Guinea-Bissau closed out the day.

Here's how it went down.


Group E

Algeria 0-0 Sierra Leone

Steven Caulker, Sofiane Bendebka
Sierra Leone put on a defensive masterclass / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/GettyImages

Pre-tournament favourites Algeria had plenty of chances to pick up the emphatic victory most predicted was on the cards, but some excellent defending from Sierra Leone saw both sides share the spoils.

The debuting Steven Caulker was superb in the Sierra Leone backline, as was goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara, who frustrated Riyad Mahrez and Baghdad Bounedjah all afternoon.

Bounedjah could have won it with a late header, but it wasn't to be. It was the first time in 36 times that Algeria have failed to score at least once.


Group D

Nigeria 1-0 Egypt

Mohamed Salah
Salah drew a blank / DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah's start to the AFCON ended in defeat as his Egypt side fell 1-0 to Nigeria.

It was Leicester man Kelechi Iheanacho who bagged the game's only goal, smashing a half-volley into the net on the half-hour mark, but Nigeria could have easily had three or four and looked electric in attack.

Salah was completely isolated in attack, with the Nigerian defence keeping him quiet with ease. It was a real message of intent from the Super Eagles.

Sudan 0-0 Guinea-Bissau

Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Sudan and Guinea-Bissau played out a draw / DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/GettyImages

The final match of the day failed to put an end to AFCON's lack of goals, with Sudan and Guinea-Bissau playing out a goalless draw.

The first 45 minutes were pretty poor, but things came to life in the final ten minutes when Guinea-Bissau's Steve Ambri was fouled in the box. Up stepped Pele (not that one), but his effort was saved.

The away side pushed hard for a goal late on, but ultimately, this one wasn't great.


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