Wednesday Dec 02, 2015. 19:31
Algeria U-23 enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Mali in M’Bour on Wednesday, in their second Group B outing of the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.
Defeated 3-2 by Nigeria in their campaign opener, the young Eagles started on the front foot.
And while they came close to opening the scoring on a few occasions in the first half, they lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.
Well organized at the back and trying to sting the Malians on the counter-attack, Algeria managed to keep their opponents at bay before breaking the deadlock through USM Alger attacking midfielder Zinedine Ferhat on 73 minutes.
The North Africans sealed the win ten minutes later, with CR Belouizdad midfielder Zakaria Draoui forcing an own goal from Malian defender Youssouf Traoré.
The Algerians are now top of Group B on 4 points, one point ahead of Nigeria and three ahead of Egypt who will battle at the same venue at 20h00 CAT.
Pointless after two games, Mali will be looking to end their campaign on a good note when they face the Egyptians in their final group encounter, before packing their bags.
As for Algeria, they will try to extend their unbeaten run against the Nigerians and secure a semifinal berth.