Algeria's Riyad Mahrez scores his team's second goal during the African Cup of Nations round of 16 soccer match between Guinea and Algeria in 30 June stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Two of African football's more consistent performers of recent years, Algeria and Senegal, look on course to meet in this year's Africa Cup of Nations final and reprise an exciting clash from earlier in the tournament. The two countries have emerged as favorites to reach the July 19 final as the tournament reaches the quarterfinal stage Wednesday, devoid of its hosts and facing the embarrassing specter of near empty stadiums.Four successive victories at the tournament in Egypt have emphasized not only Algeria's potential, but also emboldened a side whose technical ability is often sunk by a fragile mentality.Senegal meet minnows Benin in the first of the quarterfinals Wednesday and are overwhelming favorites to progress to a semifinal clash against either rookies Madagascar or a tepid Tunisia.
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