Frustrating Draw for Algeria

Algeria shares the spoils with Burkina Faso in their second world cup qualifier match, which resulted in a frustrating one-all draw.

The Algerian National Team travelled to neighbouring North African country Morocco to dispute this counter at the Marrakesh Stadium as the Burkina Faso stadium is not deemed at a FIFA standard.

The Desert Foxes manager Djamel Belmadi made just the one change to the side that beat Djibouti 8-0 last Thursday; Sofiane Feghouli came in for Baghdad Bounedjah reverting the line-up from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3.

The match started very similar to the last with Algeria holding much of the ball and looking for an early chance on goal.

And just 18 minutes in they saw themselves taking the lead though Sofiane Feghouli, who also scored the last time both these sides played in 2013.

It was a great through ball by Youcef Belaili which cut the Stallions defence apart playing through Slimani, who unselfishly squared it to Feghouli who finished it first time into the back of the net.

It could have been a second on the 25th mark when full-back Ramy Bensebaini saw his close ranged header saved by the goal stopper Koffi.

Five minutes later Slimani was close to getting that national all time goal scorer accolade as he was once again played through by Belaili, the striker managed to beat the defender and cut in but the shop was well blocked by Koffi.

The rest of the half proceeded with many interruptions as both sides conceded plenty of fouls, which followed on into the second half.

The equaliser came for Burkina Faso on 64 minutes as Tapsoba, who was lucky to still be playing after a rash challenge in the first half, was given too much time in the box to take a touch and put it past Rais M’Bolhi.

The momentum was with the home side from there on as they came close to taking the lead after Konate’s effort from outside the box fell inches wide beating the Algerian stopper.

There was a penalty shout in the 88th minute as the Algerian skipper Riyad Mahrez was tripped inside the box but it was not given.

With the game ending in a draw the Desert Foxes see themselves on a streak of 29 games without tasting defeat.

Both teams now sit on top of Group A with four points as they will be both looking for that top spot which will take them into the next round of the African world cup qualification.

Algeria XI:  M’Bolhi, Zeffane, Bensebaini (58’ Khacef), Mandi, Benlamri, Zerrouki, Feghouli (58’ Belkebla), Bennacer, Belaili (67’ Benrahma), Mahrez, Slimani (67’ Bounedjah)


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