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Defending champions Algeria suffer humiliating AFCON exit

The incumbent holders were knocked out in stunning fashion on Thursday.

Algeria have been eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations following a 3-1 rout at the hands of the Ivory Coast in Douala, ending the reigning champions’ defence at the first hurdle.

The incumbent holders, who arrived at the delayed Cameroon 2021 edition having claimed their second tournament title at Egypt 2019, were among the heavy favourites to challenge for the top prize once again.

But instead they will face a humiliating early flight home after Riyad Mahrez and the rest of the Fennec Foxes failed to claim a single win in Group E in underwhelming fashion.

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