'Mahrez is a fraud'- Reactions as Ivory Coast knock out reigning AFCON champions Algeria

Riyad Mahrez returns to Manchester City early after a disastrous outing with Algeria at the AFCON.

Riyad Mahrez could not save Algeria at the AFCON in Cameroon

Algeria suffered a 3-1 loss to Ivory Coast in their final group game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon played on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

AC Milan midfield Franck Kessie put the Elephants in front as early as the 22nd minute.

Ibrahim Sangare scored the second goal in the 39th minute as Ivory Coast went to the halftime break with a comfortable lead.

In the second half, Nicolas Pepe added the third for Ivory Coast in the 54th minute to ultimately seal the win.

Captain Riyad Mahrez then missed a penalty but Sofiane Bendebka pulled one back for Algeria in the 73rd minute.

Ajax striker Sebastien Haller put the ball in the net but was ruled to be offside late on as Ivory Coast claimed all three points and top the group.

Algeria's AFCON title defense came to an end as they finished bottom of the group with no victories from three games.

The result was a shocker for Algeria as they crashed out of the tournament. The Desert Warriors as reigning champions were among the favorites to lift the title in Cameroon.

Not getting out of the group resulted in criticism of the team and star player Mahrez.

The 30-year-old winger is captain of the team and plays for Premier League giants Manchester City.

Mahrez did not score a goal in the competition and when provided the opportunity from the penalty spot could not convert.

His performance throughout the tournament was criticized by fans on social media.

While Algeria crashed out of the tournament, Ivory Coast await their round of 16 opponents for the knockout fixture scheduled on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

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