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Nabil Bentaleb scores to send Algeria into the African Cup of Nations knock-out stages

On the plus side, yaaay Bentaleb! On the minus side, he's not coming home anytime soon.

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Tottenham's young midfield marshall Nabil Bentaleb scored a late goal and Algeria defeated Senegal 2-0 in a critical African Cup of Nations match on Tuesday. Algeria's win was super important, as it ensured that the Fennec Foxes progressed, along with Ghana, out of the heavily-stocked Group C, dubbed the AFCON "Group of Death."

This was a great match for Nabil as he continues to play well for his country and earn invaluable high level international experience with his Algerian teammates. The goal wasn't too shabby either! This is not, however, necessarily good news for Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs' midfield has been languorous and tepid without the 20-year old Bentaleb, and the midfield combinations of Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli, Paulinho, and Ryan Mason have failed create the same sort of spark as when Bentaleb was playing.

If Algeria lost this game, or drew and South Africa heavily defeated Senegal in the other Group C match, the Foxes would've been out of the tournament and Spurs would've welcomed Bentaleb home much sooner than previously anticipated. That didn't happen, and Nabil will stay in Equatorial Guinea until Algeria's luck runs out. Algeria will play the winner of AFCON Group D this Sunday in the first round of knock-out play.