In a riveting encounter at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria battled Burkina Faso to a draw, salvaging a crucial point with Baghdad Bounedjah’s 95th-minute equalizer.
The Stallions initially took the lead with Mohamed Konate’s first-half header, but Bounedjah responded swiftly, leveling the score six minutes into the second half.
However, Burkina Faso regained the lead through Bertrand Traore’s penalty, setting the stage for a potential Algerian defeat. In a dramatic turn of events, Bounedjah’s heroic header in added time rescued Algeria from the brink of loss, leaving Group D in suspense.
With Burkina Faso leading with four points, the group’s dynamics shifted as Angola secured a victory against Mauritius, claiming the top spot ahead of Burkina Faso on goal difference.
This turn of events places Angola at the forefront of Group D, showcasing their resilience and determination in the tournament.
As the group stage concludes, Burkina Faso faces a challenging scenario, trailing Angola and needing a positive result in their final match to secure advancement.
Meanwhile, Algeria, the 2019 champions, must secure their first win against Mauritania to avoid elimination or qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.
The intricate narrative of Group D unfolds further with Burkina Faso and Angola set to clash in the final group games.
The winner of this decisive encounter will claim the top spot, shaping their journey into the knockout stage of the tournament and intensifying the competition in this thrilling edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.