Rais M'Bolhi saved three shots and earned his first clean sheet of the tournament as Algeria beat Sengal 2-0. The win confirmed les Verts will appear in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals on February 1 against a team from Group D, which will be decided tomorrow..
Senegal was the more aggressive side throughout controlling 59% of the possession and outshooting Algeria 15-7, but Algeria found the space on the counter and cleanly finished two quality looks. Algeria's commitment to packing the box was clear as they blocked 8 Senegalese attempts.
Rais M'Bolhi's saves were well earned. The highlight save came in the 83', just after Algeria took the 2-0 lead. Stephane Badji sent a scorching shot on the turf toward goal. M'Bolhi was able to corral the ball and avoid a rebound. M'Bolhi's save percentage in the tournament is now a solid 78%.
Exactly who Algeria will play next is completely up for grabs. All four games in Group D have finished 1-1 and so all four teams are exactly tied. Group favorites Cameroon and Ivory Coast square off so it's likely one will be eliminated . Each team controls their own destiny as they face off tomorrow at 1PM EST on BeIN Sport USA and BeIN Sport Connect. If both matches end in 1-1 ties, lots will be drawn to see who advances.
Here are the highlights of the match: