Sofiane Feghouli

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AFCON wrap: Algeria, Tunisia complete semifinalists

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Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations semifinals are set for Cairo, as Tunisia will meet Senegal and Algeria tangles with Nigeria.

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All but Senegal have won AFCON crowns, though Nigeria is the only one to claim the honors in the last seven tournaments.

Madagascar 0-3 Tunisia

A two-goal burst from Ferjani Sassi and Youssef Mskani by the hour mark prodded Tunisia past the surprising Barea.

Naimi Sliti scored deep into stoppage time to complete the score line, which ends Madagascar’s first AFCON with three wins (one by penalties), a draw, and this loss.

Tunisia last won AFCON in 2004.

Algeria 1-1 (4-3 pens) Ivory Coast

Sofiane Feghouli gave Algeira a first half lead, but Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) answered at the hour mark for the only goals of regulation.

Youcef Belaïli smashed the post with his bid to score the winning penalty, but Les Elephants could not take advantage of the opening. Serey Die his the same post with similar vigor and Algeria moved to within two wins of its title and final since 1990.

Burnley 1-2 West Ham: Happy ending to Hammers’ tough season

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  • Feghouli, Ayew fire Hammers to victory
  • West Ham finish 11th
  • Burnley finish 16th

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West Ham United’s tumultuous season, in which the Hammers migrated from Upton Park to the London Stadium and endured some serious first-season struggles, ended on a high note, with a 2-1 victory away to Burnley on Sunday.

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The Clarets went 1-0 ahead through Sam Vokes in the 23rd minute, but Sofiane Feghouli (27th minute) and Andre Ayew (72nd-minute winner) dragged West Ham out from behind and to three points on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

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Thanks to Leicester City’s draw with Bournemouth, West Ham managed to leapfrog last season’s PL champions to finish 11th this season. Burnley, who secured their PL status for another season last week, finish their first season back in the top flight in 16th.

West Ham United 2-2 West Brom: Controversy reigns in London thriller

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  • Lanzini stars, scores late
  • Chadli scores, pulled early
  • Evans nabs late equalizer

Defensive substitution Jonny Evans scored an ironic stoppage time equalizer for West Bromwich Albion in a 2-2 draw with West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Sofiane Feghouli, Manuel Lanzini, and West Ham United never stopped pushing, and the hosts looked set to be rewarded with a comeback win before Evans scored in stoppage.

Nacer Chadli gave West Brom an early lead, but Baggies manager opted for defense-first in taking their foot off the gas.

Slaven Bilic was sent to the stands after throwing a fuzzy mic to the turf and screaming at referee Michael Oliver. His assistant was sent off in the first half after protesting an ungiven goal.

West Ham is 10th, level with ninth place Stoke on 32 points, while West Brom stays eighth in gaining point No. 37.

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West Ham looked well-oiled in the opening minutes, in particular when Cheikhou Kouyate smoothy worked around the the left side of West Brom to open up a chance in the 18.

But it was West Brom who went ahead through Chadli in the sixth minute. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic argued for a deserved foul on Sofiane Feghouli, but play went on for Chadli to meg Kouyate and goalkeeper Darren Randolph for the opener.

West Ham suspended the celebration of a Feghouli equalizer, and despite a long discussion between referee Michael Oliver and linesman Simon Bennett the goal was not awarded. Robert Snodgrass sent in a free kick that Feghouli deposited, kept onside by an injured Craig Dawson. It was unclear whether Oliver had given a foul or Bennett had called it onside. Either way, no goal.

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No one could keep Feghouli off the board as he brought the bubbles in the 63rd minute. Snodgrass crossed for Manuel Lanzini, whose shot was pushed off the bar by Ben Foster but onto the path of Feghouli. It was 1-1.

Foster continued to make big saves for West Brom, palming away a dangerous deflected chance before Dawson cleared the danger.

More bubbles came as Man of the Match Lanzini curled a powerful shot around a screen off Feghouli’s pass.

But Evans was the beneficiary when Randolph lost his way in a mess of bodies deep into stoppage time and the Baggies nabbed a point.

West Ham winger Feghouli’s red card rescinded

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As predicted, Sofiane Feghouli‘s red card, which was handed out following a “nothing” challenge on Phil Jones, has been rescinded.

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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic came out in strong support of the Algerian winger following the Hammers’ 2-0 loss to Man United on Monday, immediately announcing the club would appeal referee Mike Dean’s dismissal and the subsequent three-game suspension that was to accompany.

In light of the FA’s decision to rescind the red card, Feghouli will be available for West Ham’s FA Cup third round clash with Manchester City, at the London Stadium, on Friday.

Bilic slams Feghouli red card “for nothing;” West Ham to appeal

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There’s no conceivable reason Sofiane Feghouli should have seen a yellow card, let alone red, 15 minutes into West Ham United’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday, said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic after the game.

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Bilic so far as to immediately confirm the club will be appealing the red card and subsequent suspension mere minutes after the game. Flabbergasted that his player was cautioned at all, Bilic explained his entire process of thinking in the moments immediately following Feghouli’s sending-off — quotes from the Guardian:

“I was very surprised. You know me, I’m the first one who says [referees] have a difficult job, and every time we look at a slow motion I go, ‘Yeah, they don’t have that in real time.’ But I said it then — I wouldn’t have been happy with a yellow. I said it to the fourth official and to [Jose] Mourinho, it’s not a yellow. If it was yellow I’d be asking, ‘Why a yellow so early in the game for basically nothing?’ And you have to know it’s Feghouli — he very rarely makes a foul.”

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It’s hard to imagine any ruling other than the red card being rescinded and Feghouli made immediately available for West Ham’s FA Cup third round clash with Manchester City on Friday.