Senegal head coach Aliou Cisse, has said his team were unfortunate to lose to Algeria, in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday night.
A freak Baghdad Bounedjah strike in the second minute decided the encounter.
Cisse, who expected the game to be a tight affair, felt his side did not get what they deserved.
“A final is decided by fine margins and we deserved better tonight.
“They put away the chance they needed. On the whole, we didn’t let ourselves down. We created chances but weren’t able to score.
“When you concede a goal so early in the match the plan becomes clear. You have to attack against an aggressive defence but we weren’t able to find the solutions,” he told SuperSport.
Friday’s closing fixture was the first time in 17 years Senegal would feature in the final.
“The last time Senegal reached this point was in 2002. The experience of big matches, we want to be here more often.
“We’re getting closer to winning. The team has been making progress these past five years,” Cisse added.