Riyad Mahrez was among the goals when Les Fennecs held El Tri in their international match on Tuesday
The competition was a rare get-together between African Cup of Nations holders and Concacaf Gold Cup holders, but ultimately none of the continent’s representatives managed to gain boastful rights for their confederation.
Diego Lainez scored for Mexico in the 86th minute as they saved a tie after taking the lead through Jesus Corona towards the end of the first half.
Algeria reacted to his 43rd-minute attempt two minutes later when Ismael Bennacer finished off with a beautiful shot from the edge of the box.
Algeria took the lead in the 67th minute when Mahrez finished calmly after Ramy Bensebaini was the quickest to react to Mexico’s sloppy possession, intercepting the game and feeding Manchester City forward.
They could have been further ahead at this point, as Baghdad Bounedjah missed a good chance before retreating and Yacine Brahimi beat the woodwork.
After Lainez equalized and a stylish pass from Jimenez, Mexico could even have picked up a winner when both Hector Herrera and Jorge Sanchez hit the bar during a hectic final.
The draw, combined with the 1-0 win against Nigeria last week, extends Algeria’s undefeated streak to 20 games – the longest such streak of any African team.
“It was similar to what we had imagined,” said Mexico coach Tata Martinez after the game. “Intense, sometimes a lot to and fro; Algeria had in different moments. ” [control] of the game, in other moments we had.
“It was a good game to draw conclusions,” he added. “I thought it was a fair result because of the game.
“I am satisfied with this tour to Europe. I’m happy with what we showed against the Netherlands and Algeria. ”
Next month, Algeria will face Zimbabwe in a qualified African Cup of Nations double-headed ball to return to the continent’s biggest stage and defend the award they won in 2019.
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