African champions held by DRC

Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo played to a 1-1 draw in an International Friendly on Thursday evening.
 
Riyad Mahrez started on the bench for the Desert Foxes, as Brentford ace Said Benrahma and Zinedine Ferhat joined Islam Slimani in the attack..
 
The African champions raced into the lead as early as the sixth minute when the in-form AS Monaco striker reacted sharpest to Parfait Mandanda’s spill for a comfortable tap into an empty net.
 
DRC started strongly after their set back and had the Algerians under instant pressure with penetrative deliveries around the area.
 
The West Africans turned to star striker Cedric Bakumbu - who levelled matters 26 minutes in as his header left Azzedine Doukha flat-footed.
 
Algeria looked to head back ahead before halftime, while the DRC pushed for the front foot too but honours even was how the half concluded.
 
The Desert Foxes made a change in the goalkeeping department straight from the break, with Oukidja Alexandre coming on for Doukha.
 
The pace and tempo dropped significantly following the interval, with scoring chances and all-round offensive interchanges drawing a blank.
 
Algeria showed more promise though whenever on the charge, but too much time on the ball from AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer particularly didn’t aid their cause. 
 
Manchester City forward Mahrez aimed to change their dynamics following his introduction within the final 20 minutes as Fehat made way.
 
But the 2016 African Footballer of the Year though failed to inspire his charges firing blank from a close range free-kick eight minutes to full-time as the encounter ended all square at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker.

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