Rais M'Bolhi will make the odd journey from Equatorial Guinea to Clearwater, Florida after Algeria was bounced from the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Clearwater is where his club team the Philadelphia Union kick off their outdoor training on February 2nd.
Rais has definitely seen better days as he was only able to save one of the four shots on target. Any of the other saves would have been spectacular, but he wasn't able to turn them away as his Algerian defense was caught napping repeatedly. Both of Bony's goals came off of headers where he was left unmarked. The second and decisive goal was particularly spectacular. It appears that M'Bolhi may have been able to save it with a faster reaction, but he was a split second late. The final goal came on a late counterattack where the Algerian defense was badly outnumbered.
Algeria were looking to make the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal for the second time since 1990 and were favorites heading into the tournament. But the Ivory Coast were clearly the stronger side, especially defensively. Les Elephants will now face DR Congo, ranked 57th in the world and 13th in Africa, in the semifinal on Thursday. The other semifinal pits the host country and Cinderella story Equatorial Guinea (118th in the world, 36th in Africa) against Ghana (37th in the world, 4th in Africa) on Wednesday. Both games can be seen on Bein Sport USA.
Check out the highlights of the match here: