The Tunisian and Algerian teams have never met in the Arab Football Cup, and their upcoming confrontation on Saturday (at 19:00 UAE time) will be the first in the Arab world, but it will bear the 48th number in the history of direct confrontations (friendly and official), which is generally in the interest of Algeria, but it weighs the balance Tunisians on the official level.
The two teams met on the official level 21 times, Algeria won five matches, compared to nine for Tunisia, and tied seven times, but if the friendly matches join the list of direct confrontations, the overall victory is considered to be for Algeria, according to the Goal statistics website.
The first meeting between the two teams was in 1963 in the friendly framework in the capital, Tunis, and ended in a goalless draw, and the last friendly match was also last June and ended with Algeria winning with two goals without a response, while the last official match between them dates back to 2017, when they met in the African Nations Cup and then ended. The match was won by Tunisia 2-1.
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