Ivory Coast, Algeria maintain their lead in WCQ

Ivory Coast, Algeria maintain their lead in WCQ
Ismael Bennacer of Algeria on the attack during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Algeria and Niger held at Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida, Algeria on 8 October 2021 © BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Oct 08, 2021. 23:45

Ivory Coast and Algeria maintained their lead in their respective groups in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after registering wins on Friday.

Algeria maintained their lead at the top of Group A table after annihilating Niger 6-1 at home with Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani both grabbing a brace.

The Desert Foxes are level on points with second-placed Burkina Faso, who thumped Djibouti 4-0 away with Abdoul Tapsoba grabbing a brace in a one-sided match on Friday evening.

While Cameroon returned to winning ways in Group D when they thrashed a hapless Mozambique side 3-1 at home with Geny scoring the visitors’ consolation goal.

The Indomitable Lions remained second on the group standings despite their victory as leaders, Ivory Coast claimed a 3-0 win over Malawi away from home on the same day.

Three goals from Ibrahim Sangare, Jeremie Boga and Max Gradel ensured that Ivory Coast remained at the top – a point above second-placed Cameroon.

Meanwhile, Egypt climbed to the top of Group F standings after edging out Libya 1-0 at home with Mohamed Marmoush scoring for the Pharaohs on debut.

Angola recorded their first win in the second round of qualifying when they thrashed Gabon 3-1 at home in another Group F match and they moved up to the third place.

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