October 16, 2018. That was the date Algeria last lost an international match. Since then, the Desert Foxes have been on an incredible 22-match unbeaten streak, the longest current active streak in international football, and 8th longest streak in history.
The defending African champions extended their undefeated run today with a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. With the draw, the Desert Foxes also ensured qualification for the 2021 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Algeria took a 2-0 lead with first half goals from Andy Delort and Riyad Mahrez, in the 34th and 38th minute respectively. Zimbabwe reduced the deficit just before half-time through Knowledge Musona. After controlling much of the second half, the Warriors finally found the equalizer just 8 minutes from time thanks to a goal from Prince Dube to give both sides a share of the spoils.
The 2-2 draw means that Algeria, which has 10 points from 4 games, is guaranteed to finish among the top two teams in Group H. Zimbabwe currently sit in second place with 5 points from 4 games, with Zambia and Botswana set to play later today.
Algeria’s last loss came over 2 years ago, in a 1-0 defeat to Benin in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Since then, Algeria has gone on an incredible 22-match unbeaten streak, winning 17 games and drawing 5, while outscoring their opponents by 30 goals (43 goals scored, 13 goals conceded).
During that period, Algeria won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, beating the likes of Senegal (twice), Nigeria and Ivory Coast along the way. Algeria also registered friendly wins against Colombia, Tunisia and Mali, as well as a 2-2 draw against CONCACAF champions Mexico last month.
Under coach Djamel Belmadi, Algeria now has the 8th longest unbeaten streak ever among all nations, and the longest ever by any African team:
- Brazil (1993 to 1996) – 35 games
- Spain (2007 to 2009) – 35 games
- Argentina (1991 to 1993) – 31 games
- Italy (1935 to 1939) – 30 games
- France (1994 to 1996) – 30 games
- West Germany (1978 to 1981) – 23 games
- France (2010 to 2012) – 23 games
- Algeria (2018 to present) – 22 games
With Algeria’s next 2 games coming against Zambia and Botswana in March in AFCON qualifiers, the Desert Foxes have a real opportunity to leapfrog West Germany and France and move into 6th all-time.