Algeria beat Senegal 2-0 tonight to qualify from Group C for the knockout rounds of the African Cup of Nations, and with one win, one draw and one defeat, Senegal finish in 3rd place.
Papiss Cisse in Senegal colors
That means they don’t qualify for the knockout rounds so Papiss Cisse will be on his way back home, and hopefully the 29 year-old will be able to play for us on Saturday at Hull City.
Papiss played his first minutes tonight in the competition when he came on as a substitute after 54 minutes, but couldn’t do anything to help his country.
Goals from Mahrez after 11 minutes and Bentaleb after 82 minute gave Algeria the win.
Cisse has been in good goal-scoring form for Newcastle this season, and has 9 goals in 14 appearances and his last appearance for Newcastle was the last time we won – in Alan Pardew’s last game in charge of Newcastle – the 3-2 home win against Everton in late December.
Papiss has scored 39 goals in 99 appearances for Newcastle in the three years he’s been on Tyneside, since joining us from SC Freiburg for around £9M.
We need his goals to help us get a win at Hull on Saturday.
In Group D all four teams have drawn their two games games so far and are level on 2 points each with a zero goal difference.
The Ivory Coast and Cheick Tiote take on Cameroon tomorrow night in Group D, and a defeat would see them out of the tournament.
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