MATCH CENTRE

SAT 14 NOVEMBER 2015, 15:30, DAR ES SALAAM

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Slimani salvages crucial draw for Algeria

by BackPageTXT

Sat November 14, 17:58

Algeria were lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tie.

Trailing 2-0 with twenty minutes remaining, the visitors had to rely on Islam Slimani to salvage a crucial point with the Sporting Portugal striker scoring two goals in three minutes for his side to draw level.

Tanzania started the better of the two sides, with Mbwana Samatta missing the target with only Algeria keeper Raïs M’Bolhi to beat.

The TP Mazembe striker then hit the crossbar on 21 minutes, as the Taifa Stars started to pile more pressure on the visitors.

Algeria defender Carl Medjani saved his side with a goal-line clearance just past the half-an-hour mark, and it was Farid Mussa’s turn to come close to opening the scoring for the home team three minutes later.

M’Bolhi managed to keep Samatta at bay again in the 38th minute, but the Tanzanians were ultimately rewarded on 42 minutes, with Elias Maguri heading past M’Bolhi to send the locals with a deserved lead into the break.

And Samatta took advantage of a shaky Algerian defence to double the Taifa Stars’ advantage ten minutes into the second half.

However, ‘Fennecs’ talisman striker Islam Slimani pulled a goal back with a powerful volley shot on 72 minutes, completing his brace after beating the offside trap three minutes later.

Christian Gourcuff’s men will need to dramatically improve their form when they host Tanzania in Blida in the return leg on Tuesday.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
TANZANIA ALGERIA
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
0
Defender
20
Defender
0
Defender
12
Defender
0
Defender
6
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
0
4
Defender
0
Defender
2
Midfielder
0
Defender
22
Midfielder
0
Defender
5
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
10
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