ALGERIA football fans were seen setting off fireworks and smashing up a police vehicle as they celebrated beating Nigeria.
The havoc broke out across London which saw some fans violently celebrate the 2-1 win in the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Fireworks began firing sideways[/caption]
A police vehicle was smashed by some football fans during the mayhem[/caption]
Buses and cars were unable to move as flares were waved about[/caption]
Some football fans were seen climbing to the top of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus[/caption]
The celebrations kicked off by blasting fireworks into the sky, however the gesture took a left turn when the fireworks began shooting sideways on London’s streets.
In one video, a firework sparks sideways into fans’ faces, prompting them to immediately get out of the way for safety reasons.
Areas surrounding Finsbury Park, Piccadilly Circus, Walthamstow and Southwark saw football fans blocking off roads while parading down streets while chanting.
Buses and cars were unable to move as flares were waved about while others proudly displayed the Algerian flag.
Other celebrators were seen standing on top of a double-decker bus, subsequently obstructing all surrounding traffic.
Some were seen climbing to the top of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus.
Others are heard drumming and banging while singing and shouting.
POLICE VEHICLE SMASHED
A police vehicle was smashed by some football fans during the mayhem.
Onlookers shared the chaos on Twitter, where Blackstock Road and Old Kent Road were among the many celebratory areas in London that saw flares and ragers parade.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police said: “Some members of the group began setting off fireworks before the crowd grew as the football match concluded.
“A police vehicle has sustained damage to its windshield.”
Despite the chaos, no arrests have been made and there were no reports of injuries.
Police remain at the scene, according to a Met Police spokesperson.
In one video, fans can be heard shouting “come on” during the chanting.
The match that sparked the celebrations saw Riyad Mahrez score a free-kick five minutes into injury time to send Algeria to the Africa Cup of Nations Final.
The Manchester City star smashed a drive into the top corner to see his nation through to next Friday’s final against Senegal.
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Algeria led through an own-goal by William Troost-Ekong but were pegged back after Nigeria received a penalty for handball after a long VAR referral by the referee, who initially didn’t award the spot-kick.
Nigeria levelled at 1-1 from the spot through Odion Ighalo.
But Algeria captain Mahrez won the game at at the very death to send his team to their first final in nearly 30-years.
Loud chanting and singing was heard all across London[/caption]
Despite the chaos, no arrests have been made and there were no reports of injuries[/caption]
The havoc broke out across London which saw some fans violently celebrate the 2-1 win in the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations[/caption]