Algeria were on a 35-game unbeaten run was but it was ended by Equatorial Guinea in a stunning upset on matchday 2 and now they were outplayed again by the impressive Ivorians, who might have had more goals with better finishing.
Franck Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare and Nicholas Pepe all register a goal to seal the top spot with seven points. They are joined in the second round by Equatorial Guinea (six points), whose 1-0 victory over Sierra Leone eliminated the latter.
Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty for Algeria, but Sofiane Bendebka grabbed a consolation goal.
It was more of a 'De Javu' for the Algerians as they also exited in the first round of the next tournament after claiming the trophy in 1990, losing 3-0 to the Ivorians, who went on to lift the trophy.