Algeria crowned Africa Cup of Nations champion after beating Senegal

    Algeria lift the Africa Cup of Nations trophy for the second time in the country's history.

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    • Algeria 1-0 Senegal
    • Fennec Foxes crowned AFCON champions for second time

    (CNN)Algeria was crowned Africa Cup of Nations champion for only the second time in its history, edging past Senegal 1-0 thanks to Baghdad Bounedjah's early deflected goal.

    After going behind, Senegal dominated for the remainder of the match but was unable to find an equalizing goal.
      Midway through the second half, it looked as though Senegal had been handed a lifeline after referee Alioum Alioum awarded a penalty for handball.
      However, after being advised by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to review the incident on the pitch side monitor, Alioum overturned his original decision.
      It was yet more heartbreak for Senegal, which is still yet to win the greatest prize in African football.
      But it will be the manner of this defeat that will hurt the most. Algeria's goal came from its one and only shot of the game and few would argue that Senegal was the better side for the other 88 minutes of the match.
      Baghdad Bounedjah's shot deflected off Salif Sane and into the goal.
      Less than two minutes in -- 79 seconds to be exact -- you got the sense this was just going to be Algeria's nigh