Mahrez-Less Algeria Wins Fifa Arab Cup

Mahrez-Less Algeria Wins Fifa Arab Cup

Africa champions Algeria playing without their talisman and English Premier League (EPL) winners Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez beat Tunisia 2-0 to be crowned the winners of the inaugural Fifa Arab Cup in Qatar.

The Desert Warriors settled the game in extra time with goals from Saudi Arabia Professional Leagueside Al Tai attacking midfielder Amir Sayoud and skipper Qatari league team Al Rayyan captain Yacine Brahimi.

Tunisia made it to the final by beating fellow African side Egypt 1-0 in the semi-final stage, while Algeria beat Qatar 2-1.

Qatar players celebrate after beating Egypt5-4 through post match penalties in the third place play-off to win bronze

Earlier, Qatar and Egypt faced off in the third-place match, both teams seeking consolation after their semi-final elimination on Wednesday.

The host nation won the bronze medal 5-4 on penalties, after a goaless 90 minutes.

Following the successful completion of the 16-team tournament, Infantino said the FIFA Arab Cup will not be a one-off event.

“We will make it possible, under the umbrella of FIFA: the FIFA Arab Cup will continue,” said Infantino. “It has to continue [because] it’s such a successful event.”

“It is proof of what football can do; bringing continents together, bringing people together, bringing countries together, bringing fans together, and bringing players together,” he added. “This joy, this emotion, which we have been feeling throughout this tournament – not only in Qatar but in the entire Arab World and all over the world.”