WCQ Africa: Zambia 3-1 Algeria - As It Happened

WCQ Africa: Zambia 3-1 Algeria - As It Happened
Nabil Bentaleb of Algeria during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 17:00

Zambia will be hoping to claim their first win in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers campaign as they host Algeria at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

On the other hand, the Desert Warriors are also chasing their maiden win to move up the log table and will be fighting on all fronts for a victory.


Zambia: Mweene, Silwamba, Sunzu, Tembo, Kapumbu, Mulenga, Mtonga, Lungu, Sakala, Mwila, Daka

Algeria: M'Bolhi, Mandi, Bansebaini, Hassani, Ghoulam, Soudani, Taider, Bentaleb, Brahimi, Slimani, Hanni


90+5' - It is full time in Lusaka. Zambia 3-1 Algeria. Now they will hope to bag another win in Algiers come Tuesday fore the second leg.

90+5' - Daka booked

90+5' - Zambia playing to preserve their lead at home, the crowds singing and Mweene collects a loose ball into the box.

90' Zambia bag their third goal through Mwepu. A powerful low shot beats M'Bolhi on his far post making it 3-1 for Nyirenda's men.

85' - Mweene beaten on his far posts by a powerful shot by substitute, Idriss Saadi's well executed shot, but it sails wide inches off the far post.

81' - Sub for Algeria, Saadi for Bansebaini

81' - We are in the final 10 minutes of the contest.Sub for Zambia: Mulenga on for N'Gonga

79' - Mweene becoming the busiest of the two goalkeepers as he tries to curb all Algerian attacks. Mweene collects a set piece from Algerian attack.

75' - A foul against Mulenga on the corner flag for pushing his opponent. Zambia still leading 2-1.

70' A booking for the Algerian keeper, M'Bolhi for protesting.

69' - Booking for Bansebaini.

69' - Sub for Zambia: Kabwe replaces the goalscorer, Mwila.

68' - Zambia chasing their third goal and Nyirenda becomes animated on the touchline. A corner for the hosts.

63' - Mwepu beats the Algerian through his pace, but a final delivery to Mwila sees the striker's effort going wide.

58' - Sub for Algeria: Ghezzal on for Soudani

57' - Sub for Zambia: Mwepu on for Lungu

56' - Sakala booked for the second time., Zambia down to 10 men.

55' - Brahimi makes it 2-1, Yacine Brahimi pulls a powerful shot right on the d-line to beat Mweene on his right post. Zambia 2-1 Algeria

51' - Yattal booked for simulation. Zambia still lead Algeria by 2-0.

50' - Algerians chasing their first goal in the match and Soudani fails to read the bounce of the ball, he misses with only Mweene to beat.

46' Youcef Yattal comes on for Illias Hassan.

46' - Second half gets underway in Lusaka, with the hosts leading 2-0.

45' - It is half time in Lusaka. Zambia 2-0 Algeria.

45+2' - A great cross in search of Algerian forwards, but it is too much for Slimani.

42' - Sakala booked for a silly foul on Algerian midfielder.

40' - Mulenga does well on the left flank to toy around with an Algerian defender, but his rushed effort sails wide over the cross bar. Zambia 2-0 Algeria

37' - Hassani booked for a foul on Daka. Free kick for the hosts.

35' Mwila makes it two for the Zambians. A wonderful run on the left flank by Mulenga as he beat the Algerian defence before passing the ball for the Platinum Stars striker. 2-0 against Algeria.

30' - Sunzu and Mweene fail to communicate at the back, but the ball goes sway from danger. Zambia 1-0 Algeria.

25' - The North Africans pushing for an equaliser and to trouble the disjointed defence. Mweene collects a cross from the right flank.

20' - Zambia not convincing at the back, a handball protested for by Slimani, but referee not interested. Zambia still lead 1-0.

15' - Faouzi Ghoulam attempts a header from a corner, but the defender's effort sails wide off the cross bar.

13' - Zambia lead the Desert Warriors in the opening 10 minutes. Mulenga tries a long range effort, but narrowly misses the target.

07' - Mwila scores for the hosts, Mwila receives a telling cross on the right flank through Mulenga and the forward cannot be denied fore the second time. Zambia 1-0 Algeria.

03' - The hosts get a corner as they put the Algerians under pressure. Goal kick for M'Bolhi.

01' - We are underway in Lusaka between Chipolopolo and the Desert Warriors.

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