October 18, 2021

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African champions Algeria create record

Captain Riyad Mahrez scored as Algeria defeated Tunisia 2-0 in an international friendly to create a record 27-match unbeaten run by an African national team.

An Ivory Coast side that included Yaya and Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba set a 26-match benchmark in 2013, and Algeria began their remarkable run by winning 4-1 away to Togo five years later.

Popularly known as the Desert Foxes, the North Africans set the record by winning 20 matches, drawing seven, scoring 58 goals and conceding 17.

Having broken the African record, Coach Djamel Belmadi can now adjust his sights to the 36-match world mark set by then world champions Brazil in 1996.