Reigning champions Algeria have crashed out of this year’s AFCON after losing 3-1 to Côte d’Ivoire in their final Group E game on Thursday.
Algeria have become the first title holder to lose two Africa Cup of Nations group stage games since Cameroon in 1990.
The two-time AFCON winners needed a win against Côte d’Ivoire to advance into the next round, after picking just one point in their first two games.
But it was the Ivorians who emerged victors thanks to goals from Franck Kessie (22 minutes), Ibrahim Sangare (39 minutes) and Nicolas Pepe (54 minutes).
Substitute Sofiane Bendebka got Algeria’s first goal of the tournament when he got on the score sheet in the 73rd minute.
Algeria skipper missed the chance to score Algeria’s first of the competition but hit his penalty against the post.
And in the group’s other game, Sierra Leone’s hopes of progressing into the round of 16 was dashed, after they lost 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea.
The Leone Stars needed just a point to finish as one of the third best placed teams but Pablo Ganet’s 38th minute strike ended their hopes.
Sierra Leone had a golden opportunity to draw level after they were awarded a penalty on 85 minutes but Kei Kamara missed.
The final standing in the group saw Côte d’Ivoire finish top with seven points, Equatorial Guinea second with six points while Sierra Leone and Algeria were third and fourth with two and one points respectively.
Côte d’Ivoire will now meet Egypt in the round of 16 on Wednesday, 26 January while Equatorial Guinea will wait for the winner of Group F.