Algeria defeated Senegal 1-0 on Friday to win the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. The Desert Foxes scored a deflected goal through Baghdad Bounedjah after just 79 seconds of play.
The goal was the quickest ever scored in the final of the biennial competition.
The 1990 winner defended well to win their second AFCON title.
Senegal had a penalty call toppled by VAR, which just added to the cagey air and sweltering conditions in Cairo.
Senegal had a penalty on the hour after the Cameroonian referee Alioum Alioum pointed to the spot for a suspected handball by Adlene Guedioura; however, the officials reversed the decision after a review by VAR.
Ismael Bennacer got the ball down the left flank and sent Bounedjah racing towards goal. The striker with plenty of options discovered space 20 yards away from goal and decided to shoot from there. In spite of from Salif Sane to block the shot, it took a wicked deflection and flew over Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis into the net.
The early lead started wild festivals on Algeria side as the entire team ran to the sidelines to celebrate the goal.
Senegal started to get into the game when Mbaye Niang went very close with a shot from 20 yards out which ricocheted off the crossbar for a goal kick.
Meanwhile, Liverpool star Sadio Mane was fortunate to avoid a red after he was found to have thrown an elbow into the body of Sofiane Feghouli before a corner kick. The referee, maybe unsighted, play allowed the match to continue with no review from VAR.
In the second forty-five minutes, Senegal looked hungry for the equalizer and about got their chance. Ismaila Sarr charged from the right and threw in a cross, which struck Adelen Guediora’s arm and the referee awarded a penalty.
However, after a brief delay, the referee Alioum checked the TV screen and reversed the decision with assistance from VAR. With that Guediora’s arm was close by, the decision seemed to be the right call.
In other stories, Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo won the Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot award after scoring five goals in the competition.
Ighalo scored the equaliser from the penalty spot after a VAR review in the 2-1 loss to the eventual champion.
He then scored the only goal of the third-place victory over Tunisia.
Ighalo scored two goals ahead of Senegalese star Sadio Mane, who had three goals with one assist.
Manchester City winger, Riyad Mahrez, who scored a last-minute free-kick to send Algeria through to the final, could not add to the three goals he had already.