Abeid Aly of Mauritania and Tapiwa Gadibolae of Botswana during the game between Botswana and Mauritania on 10 June 2017 at Francistown Stadium,Botswana ©/BackpagePix
Sunday Jul 16, 2017. 20:02
Mauritania beat Liberia 2-0 in the first leg of their 2018 African Championships qualifier at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia on Sunday.
The opening half was not the most entertaining with both teams poor in the final third.
Still, the visiting Mauritania played the better football and were rewarded for their efforts with the game's opening goal in thea 35th minute courtesy of a strike from Yali Mohamed Dellahi, 1-0.
The second half saw Mauritania continue to dictate terms and they managed to double their lead on the hour mark when Boubacar Beiguily found the back of the net, 2-0.
Liberia tried to get back into the game, but they struggled to break down the Mauritania defence.
In the end Mauritania cruised to a comfortable win as they look to secure a spot in Kenya at CHAN 2018.
Mauritania now have the advantage heading into the second leg of the qualifier next week at home.