While the game was rather quiet in this first act, it was without counting on the inspiration of Slimani to come to ignite this playoff. Algeria leads 1-0 at the break against Cameroon.
The Algerians make the good operation for the moment with this very important goal, the rule of the goal outside being in force. Slimani took advantage of the rare Algerian opportunities to put Cameroonians in the game but without real opportunity. After a very complicated start and three situations in favor of Cameroon in the first 6 minutes, Algeria began to get out of the water. Belmadi’s plan was to be strong and to exploit every opportunity, and it worked with Slimani’s precious goal.
Very solid with its 5-man defense, Algeria was effective on one of its only two chances, through the stirring Slimani. Cameroon dominated the possession of the ball but could not really be dangerous. Song’s men will have to react to avoid leaving with a big disadvantage before the return match.