MATCH CENTRE

SAT 15 NOVEMBER 2014, 21:30, BLIDA

3
VS
1

Algeria maintain perfect qualifying record

by Staff Reporter

Sat November 15, 23:48

Algeria continued their dominance in Group B as they trumped Ethiopia 3-1 in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida on Saturday evening.

Christian Gourcuff’s men came from a goal down to secure a comfortable win and subsequently keep their unblemished record intact and firmly establish themselves as one of the favourites for next year’s competition in Equatorial Guinea.

The Fennc Foxes dominated from the onset, but we pegged back by an Omod Okwory strike in the 22nd minute.

The Ethiopian forward ran from the halfway-line before firing past Lamine Zemmamouche from the edge of the area to stun the home supporters.

Algeria though continued to boss proceedings and finally found their goal just after the half-hour mark through Sofiane Feghouli who ran onto a superb ball from Riyad Mahrez before finding the back of the net with a crisp effort.

Mahrez then turned scorer in the 41st minute to double the hosts lead. Islam Slimani teeing up the Leicester City attacker who curled his left-footed effort past Jemal Tassew.

Yacine Brahimi made it 3-1 in first-half stoppage time, latching onto Faouzi Ghoulam’s pin-point through ball.

Algeria completely dominated possession in the second-stanza as the ultimately cruised to a comfortable win.

Algeria now head to Mali knowing victory will ensure a perfect qualifying record for the impressive North Africans.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE BLIDA
ALGERIA GOALS ETHIOPIA GOALS
Sofiane Feghouli (32') 11. Omod Okwury (22')
Riyad Mahrez (41')
Yacine Brahimi (45 + 2')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
ALGERIA STARTING LINEUP ETHIOPIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
0
Defender
4
Defender
0
Defender
5
Defender
0
Defender
10
Defender
70'
0
12
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
41'
83'
0
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
32'
0
Midfielder
45 + 2'
0
Forward/Striker
16
Forward/Striker
77'
0
Forward/Striker
22'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Madjid Bougherra
Defender
70'
0
Baghdad Bounedjah
Forward/Striker
77'
0
Hilel Soudani
Forward/Striker
83'
0
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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