Algeria, defending champion, is badly embarked on this CAN 2022 but can still qualify in its last group match, this Thursday, against Côte d’Ivoire.
After a draw against Sierra Leone (0-0) and a defeat against Equatorial Guinea (1-0), Djamel Belmadi’s Fennecs are last in group E with a small point. If concern is growing among Algerian supporters, everything is far from over.
Algeria, which remained on 35 games without defeat (second record in history behind Italy), can even still finish in first place in its pool.
Here are the possible scenarios for the Algerians to avoid experiencing terrible disillusionment like their elders in 1992, eliminated from the pools after being crowned champions in 1990.
Algeria first in their group if…
– It beats Côte d’Ivoire by at least two goals and at the same time Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea draw
Algeria qualified for the round of 16 of the CAN if…
– It beats Ivory Coast
– It draws against Ivory Coast. Then at the same time, that Equatorial Guinea wins against Sierra Leone by at least two goals difference and that Ghana, Comoros (group C), Guinea-Bissau and Sudan (group D) do not not finish – among the best third – with more points and a better goal difference than her.
– It draws against Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea beats Sierra Leone by one goal, Algeria ends the group stage with more goals scored than Sierra Leone, and than Ghana, Comoros (group C), Guinea-Bissau and Sudan (group D) do not finish with more points and a better goal difference than her.
A draw will take place if…
-If Algeria draw against Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea beat Sierra Leone by one goal and Algeria and Sierra Leone finish the group stage with the same number of goals, by being the 4th best third in CAN, then a draw will take place to find out which of the two nations will go to the round of 16.