Rohr praises one player despite Super Eagles’ loss to Algeria

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has heaped praise on Riyad Mahrez after his free-kick goal gave Algeria a semi-final win over Nigeria at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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With the game at 1-1, the Manchester City star stepped up to place a powerful free-kick beyond Akpeyi, and into the Nigerian goal to give the Algerians a 2-1 win

Rohr also described the game as a wonderful one, adding that the players wanted to take the game to extra time while it was at 1-1.

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He said, Daily Post reports: “It was a big fight until the last minute, it was a wonderful match, I think my players wanted it to go to extra time thinking Algeria were more tired.

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“We scored an own goal, unlucky, but we have come back every time in this tournament and this time we came back on a penalty. But a wonderful free kick from a football genius made the difference.”

Nigeria will now face Tunisia in the Third Place game after the Carthage Eagles fell to Senegal in the other semi-final on Sunday evening.

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