Watch Riyad Mahrez miss a penalty in the nightmarish Afcon as Algeria exit and Man City star returns home after loss to Ivory Coast

This is the moment Riyad Mahrez missed his first penalty since 2018 as Algeria pulled out of the Africa Cup of Nations after a 3-1 loss to Ivory Coast.

The Manchester City ace had a chance to give the defending champions a glimmer of hope but his effort was called off at the base of the post.

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Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty as Algeria knocked out the Africa Cup of NationsCredit: AFP
Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe scored for Ivory Coast in their 3-1 win

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Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe scored for Ivory Coast in their 3-1 winCredit: AP

Franck Kessie (AC Milan) and Ibrahim Sangare (PSV) led Ivory Coast 2-0 at halftime.

And Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe made it 3-0 nine minutes after the break.

But when Youcef Belaïli was knocked down in the penalty area on the hour mark, Algerian fans felt a glimmer of hope.

However, it wasn’t to be as Mahrez sent the keeper the wrong way but blasted his left-footed effort low and hard into the bottom of the right post.

The City star hadn’t missed it since October 2018.

It was against Liverpool at Anfield.

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He had scored his previous eight kicks before Thursday’s missed chance.

Sofiane Bendebka pulled one back for the Algerians 13 minutes later but it wasn’t enough to salvage a point.

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The result meant Algeria finished bottom of AFCON Group E as Ivory Coast emerged group winners.

Although Mahrez is disappointed, City fans will be delighted to see their star come back.

The winger has 13 goals and five assists in 25 games in all competitions this season.

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