Monday , October 3 2022

Football: Mahrez's double books in Algeria in the Cup final of the Nations


Riyad Mahrez scored two amazing goals, as former Algerian winners won the African Cups Championship on Friday, while Guinea, Mauritania and Ivory Coast also stamped their positions.

Mahrez hit twice at the opening half hour as Algeria, who won the mainland title in 1990, reached three goals away from Togo before finally winning 4-1 to take the top of Group D.

Mauritania was first qualified by Group I as it came from a goal to beat Botswana 2-1 in Nouakchott with Ismael Diakite winning 84th victory.

Guinea defeated without striking a ball several hours before the game against Côte d'Ivoire in Conakry when Rwanda and the Central African Republic dropped 2-2 in Kigali.

Then Guinea won the group with 1-1 draws against the Ivorians, who took the point they needed for the qualification when Jean-Michael Seri equalized the early goal of Mohammed Yatara for the guests.

Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Zimbabwe lost the opportunity to close their posts. Burkina Faso was beaten 2-1 in Angola, the only goal being captain Willam Jebor as Liberia checked Zimbabwe 1-0 in Monrovia.

Tanzania lost 1-0 away to Lesotho, who won a rare international game with a headline from the tall center behind Nkau Lerotholi.

Zambian 2012 champions were eliminated from the K-match as they went to Maputo in Mozambique with Reginaldo's 63rd minute splitting the two teams.

Jordan Ayew scored twice as he and his brother Dede returned to the Ghana team for the first time in a year to help 2-0 in Ethiopia in team F.

The Derby between Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo ended 1-1 in Brazzaville, keeping the chances of both sides alive in group G.

The top two teams in the 12 teams qualify except Group B which includes the already invited guests of the Cameroon tournament, where Morocco has secured the only welcome.

Egypt, Madagascar, Senegal and Tunisia recorded their position last month, while Mali, Morocco, Nigeria and Uganda were added to the list on Saturday.

The rest of the 24 teams will be decided in the final round of qualifiers in March.

(Reference by Mark Gleeson, edited by Christian Radnedge)

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