Copa Sudamericana

African Cup final much more than Mane vs. Mahrez

CAIRO (AP) Djamel Belmadi sank to his knees, eyes closed and arms aloft after Riyad Mahrez's goal with seconds remaining put Algeria in the African Cup of Nations final for the first time in 29 years.

About two hours earlier, Senegal's Aliou Cisse celebrated a place in Africa's biggest game and a chance at a first title for his country in the same way.

It was striking how two coaches who are good friends, who played against each other in their early days, and who were born just a day apart, expressed their joy with almost carbon-copy acts.

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