MATCH CENTRE

WED 10 SEPTEMBER 2014, 21:30

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Medjani strikes late to sink Mali

by Staff Reporter

Wed September 10, 23:54

A late goal from Carl Medjani handed Algeria their second win in Group B as the defeated Mali 1-0 in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida on Wednesday night.

Both sides went into the match in high spirits after winning their opening encounters but it was the hosts who were able to secure maximum points to stay on top of the group with six points.

The home side had the early chances with Riyad Mahrez missing a good chance in the 10th minute, while Saphir Taider was denied by the woodwork from a freekick a minute later.

Sofiane Feghouli also failed to hit the target when he was set up by Mahrez in the 32nd minute, while Sambou Yatabaré headed over the crossbar at the other end three minutes later.

The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock in the 61st minute but Mustapha Yatabaré was denied by Rais Mbohli, while Bakary Sako squandered the follow-up shot.

The Eagles were reduced to ten men in the 69th minute when Mamoutou N'Diaye was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Feghouli.

Their indiscipline proved to be more costly in the 83rd minute when a freekick they gave away on the right was swung in by Mahrez for Medjani to head home from the centre of the box.

Algeria will look to continue with their winning ways when they face Malawi twice in October, while the Eagles will be out to redeem themselves against Ethiopia.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
ALGERIA MALI
Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper
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Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
0
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
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