The significant victory is obviously over Senegal who were always fancied and are now favourites for the competition. "I am thrilled that my teammates were able to do the job".
Sunday pretty much summed that up in a nutshell but one of the few occasions in which he did get time and space yielded reward for the Algerians.
Djamel Belmadi's charges increased their intensity going forward as Jamilu Collins nearly netted an own goal with ten minutes remaining of the first stanza, after intercepting a through ball for Bounedjah with a toe-poked clearance that looped just over the crossbar. The quarter-finals played over four days have further whittled the number down to four.
The way the ball went in the net may have been fortunate for Algeria but the creation of the chance was pure Mahrez magic.
Algeria came out on top in a pulsating 1-1 draw with Ivory Coast which went to extra time and penalties.
And the defender says Nigeria are aware of this and will be ready for the antics of the Fennecs. "This is away from home, it's more hard of course", said Belmadi.
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The supporters are expected to leave Cairo after the game, but may stay for Friday's final should Djamel Belmadi's triumph. Their last-minute victor was totally deserved. The first to fourth will be known between them.
Nigeria looks to clinch a spot in the final where Senegal awaits while Algeria hopes to continue their quest towards their second AFCON title.
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Ighalo is one of four players who are on three goals and lead the goalscoring chart at Afcon.
There are 93 minutes on the clock and this free kick will surely be the final kick of normal time - we're either getting 30 minutes more or something special happens.