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Road to Rio: Algeria, Egypt play to 1-1 draw

by BackPageTXT

Sun November 29, 21:40

Algeria and Egypt played to a 1-1 draw in their opening 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations clash at the Stade Caroline Faye in Mbour, Senegalon Sunday.


The result leaves the North African giants on a point apiece with games against Mali and perennial powerhouse Nigeria to come.


Egypt, who have qualified for the Olympics on 11 previous occasions - the most of any team from the African continent - opened the scoring against the run of play in the 54th minute.


Mohamed Saleh picked out Kahraba, who directed a pin-point header past the Algerian goalkeeper at his near post.


This prompted a response from the 'Fennec Foxes', who leveled matters through the impressive Zinedine Ferhat on 68 minutes.


The USM Alger attacker, who tormented the Egyptian defence throughout the encounter, blazed past his marker before sending a low shot into the corner of the net from outside the area.


Both teams had an opportunity to win it late on, with Ben Taharm missing a glorious chance in the 84th minute. Having done all the spadework himself, the Algerian number 10 failed to supply the finishing touch to a terrific run.


Pharaohs midfielder Mamdouh Elsayed then saw his free-kick attempt tipped over the crossbar in second-half stoppage time as the two teams settled for a point apiece.


Algeria have only qualified for the Olympics on one single occasion, back in 1980.

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