Algeria national football team forward Said Benrahma
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The Algeria national football team were in action this afternoon for their AFCON opener against Sierra Leone and Said Benrahma came on as a second-half substitute.

Algeria were heavy favourites to win the game today and kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with three points.

The match ended in a 0-0 draw. The game was a drab one to stay the least.

West Ham ace Said Benrahma is part of the Algeria squad and many expected him to start this afternoon against Sierra Leone.

That wasn’t the case though. The 26-year-old had to make do with a place on the bench.

And he came on as a 84th minute substitute. Sure, that isn’t long enough to make any kind of impact on a game…most of the time at least.

It was a very different story this afternoon, however.

Algeria national football team disaster for Said Benrahma

The West Ham star was presented with a spectacular chance late on against Sierra Leone, just three minutes after he took to the pitch in fact.

Algeria international Said Benrahma
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Benny fluffed his lines though and missed the sitter. Algeria ended up with only one point when they should really have won the game.

Here’s the miss in all of it’s glory:

The Algerians are now up against the 8-ball. They were one of the favourites heading into the Africa Cup of Nations with players like Riyad Mahrez, Benrahma, Ramy Bensebaini and Yacine Brahimi at their disposal.

The fact that Benrahma didn’t start for Algeria is baffling. His miss towards the end of the game probably justified the coach’s decision though!

The 26-year-old has been in excellent form for West Ham this season. He seems to have now established himself as a key player under David Moyes at the London Stadium.

Benny has eight goals and four assists to his name in 28 games for the Hammers so far this term (Transfermarkt). He is clearly a top-class player who thrives off confidence.

So today’s miss will do him not good whatsoever.

Let’s just hope that it doesn’t affect him too badly and he bounces back in Algeria’s next AFCON game…if he is given a chance to do so of course.

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