Madagascar confirm Senegal showdown

Madagascar confirm Senegal showdown
Lantonirina Rabehasinmbola Lanto of Madagascar battles with Bokang Mothoana of Lesotho during the 2015 Cosafa Cup match between Lesotho and Madagasca at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on the 18 May 2015 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015. 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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