Algeria and Senegal will face the African Cup when they meet on Friday in the final game of the current competition in Egypt, but the encounter has a special character among them, considering the search for each team to go up to the throne of African football until the release of the version that will be made in Cameroon in 2021.
The Algerian team has a great advantage in the history of their meetings with the Senegalese band, which began on May 1, 1977. In 22 official and friendly matches before, Algeria won 13 victories against only 4 wins for Senegal. While the draw was equal to 5 meetings.
Senegal scored 34 goals, while the Senegalese scored 18 goals, reflecting the advantage of the Greens over Teranga's blacks in previous matches.
Algeria won their biggest win against Senegal on July 25, 1993, defeating them by 4-0 in the Africa Cup qualification in Tunisia in 1994.
On the other hand, on September 22, 2001, Senegal achieved its biggest victory over Algeria, which won 3-0 in the African classifications for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan .
This is the fifth match between the two teams in the African Championships, and of course the Algerian national team also has the advantage in its four meetings before the continental competition.
Algeria won three victories, while the fourth meeting tied a draw and Senegal is still looking for their first win.
The qualifiers of the African Cup, which began in Algeria in 1990 when they met at the gold box at the time. Desert Warriors won 2-1 to complete the success of his career and crowned his only title.
The second meeting between the two teams in African nations took place during the 2015 edition of the competition held in Equatorial Guinea when they met in the group stage, as the Algerian team continued to surpass, after winning 2-0 over Senegal.
On the other hand, a positive tie of 2-2 prevailed in the third game of the group stage in 2017 in Gabon, before Algeria again won 1-0 in the group stage of the current competition, which caused Senegal to try to avenge it. This defeat and end the Algerian superiority in African nations.
In general, Senegal has been unable to defeat Algeria in all official and friendly matches since May 31, 2008, when they won 1-0 in the qualifying round for the 2010 and 2010 World Cup qualifiers .