One of the three Africa representatives at the 2016 Olympic Games, Algeria started on wrong footing, falling 2 – 3 to Honduras in their opening match at the competition on Thursday 4 August.
Algeria were so much the second best side in the opening exchanges as Honduras prodded for an early opener and on 11 minutes Bryan Acosta of Honduras tried his luck from the edge of the box, but his effort directed to the bottom left corner was too weak to get past Farid Chaal, who kept it out easily
After so much absorbing the pressure the North Africans managed a dangerous move, Baghdad Bounedjah went on a mazy run on 11 minutes and skipped past two defenders before pulling the trigger but Luis Aurelio Lopez in the Honduras goal pulled a big save.
Honduras read the cue well and went on a forward assault with Anthony Lozano the key man but after breaking to the penalty area his shot was blocked but only as far as Rommel Quioto who slammed home the opener on 13 minutes.
Marcelo Perreira doubled the Honduras side’s advantage on the 33rd minute after rising highest to head home Kelvin Alvarez’s cross off the underside of the bar to hand his side a cruising lead heading to the break.
Algeria resumed with renewed resolve in the second half and managed to hit the back of the net through Ayoub Abdellaoui on the 51st minute but it was not to be as the goal was ruled offside.
However, on the 68th minute, Soafiane Bendebka pulled one back for the North Africans and for a moment it seemed they’d pull it but a mistake ten minutes later gifted Lozano the ball in the box and he scored from close range to make it 3 – 1.
Raouf Benguit floated a nice ball in the box on the 85th minute and Bounedjah did manage to pull one back with a snap shot at the first time of invitation to reduce the deficit but it was not enough for the Algerians as they suffered an opening defeat.