Algeria, the defending champions, was eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations after a 3-1 defeat against Ivory Coast at Douala.

Algeria was two goals behind before the interval when Franke Kessie completed a wonderful move and Ibrahim Sangare headed home.

Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal put the Ivorians ahead 3-0 before Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty.

Algeria, who received a late consolation goal from Sofiane Bendebka, finish bottom of Group E following a dreadful performance.

In the last five Nations Cup finals, Djamel Belmadi’s side has been eliminated at the first hurdle three times.

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