Madagascar confirm Senegal showdown

by Staff Reporter

Tue October 13, 16:07

Senegal will face Madagascar in the second round of 2018 World Cup Russia qualifiers, with 'Barea' confirming their place in the next round following a 5-2 aggregate win over the Central African Republic.

The two-legged clash was expected to be a tight affair, with both teams enjoying considerable success of late.

CAR headed into the tie on the back of a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Madagascar have continued to improve having finished third at the 2015 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.

The 'Wild Beasts', though, were dealt a major blow without a ball being kicked with their 'home' game moved to the Madagascar capital due to the on-going conflict in the country.

Playing away from Bangui was always going to be a test and proved to be a step too far as Etienne Momokoamas' troops suffered a 3-0 defeat in the first-leg in Antananarivo last week.

CAR showed some pride in the second-leg at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina on Tuesday, with the two teams playing to a 2-2 draw.

Ramanamahefa and Andrianantenaina found the back of the net for the hosts, while the visitors' goals were scored by Junior Gourrier and Eudes Dagoulou - all of the goals coming in the first-half.

Next up for Madagascar is a clash against Senegal with the winner over two-legs booking their place in the group stages.

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