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The journey to Brazil 2014 enters a crucial phase

Africa World Cup 2014 qualifying result: Mali held at home with big win for Guinea, as Algeria, Burkina Faso & Egypt snatch away wins

The journey to Brazil 2014 enters a crucial phase

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The fourth match day of the 2014 World Cup qualifying group phase continues this weekend with 18 matches playing across Africa


Mali 1-1 Rwanda

Highly favoured to win at home in Bamako on Sunday, Mali were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Rwanda, despite the hosts’ total domination throughout the meeting. The Eagles were stunned by a 33rd minute strike from Meddie Kagere that put the Amavubi ahead, which they were able to hold on to until the 77th minute when 22-year-old defender Mahamadou Ndiaye of Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes equalised to share the spoils, keeping Mali second in Group H with 7 points behind leaders Algeria (9pts).

Guinea 6-1 Mozambique


Guinea trounced Mozambique 6-1 in Conakry on Sunday to move to second place with 4 points in Group G, hugely dominated by Egypt on 12 points. Ibrahima Yattara opened for the home side in the 16th minute before Sadio Diallo claimed a brace in the 34th minute and a successful spot kick in the 45th minute. Helder Pelembo pulled one back for Mozambique but Ibrahima Troare and Mohammed Diarra hit one each, with one more from Yattara to seal the Syli National’s whopping victory.

Benin 1-3 Algeria


Benin lost at home 3-1 in Porto Novo on Sunday to visiting Algeria, who were just too tough for the home side to withstand. Algeria are now on top of Group H with 9 points ahead of Mali-Rwanda clash later on Sunday. Mali could topple the North Africans if they defeat their visitors with a wider goal margin.

Benin opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Rudy Gestede bent a header from Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon cross into the Algerian back net. However, a double from Islam Slimani in the 38th and 42nd minutes and one more from second half entrant Nabil Ghilas assured the Fennecs a vital away win, as the Squirrels were reduced to 10 men following the expulsion of Badarou Nana Nafiou, who was being capped for the first time with the West African team.

Niger 0-1 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso snatched a crucial three points from Niamey after humbling their hosts of the weekend Niger to keep hopes alive for their embattled qualifying campaign. The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations’ MVP Jonathan Pitroipa ended the stalemate in the 85th minute with a beautiful solo action that saw the Nigerien defenders’ losing out in his chase.

The Stallions are recording their second win so far in the qualifying campaign, and are now second in Group E with 6 points, behind leaders Congo (10pts).

Zimbabwe 2-4 Egypt


Egypt comforted their lead in Group G to 12 points on Sunday after handing Zimbabwe a 4-2 drubbing at the Warriors home ground in Harare. Mohamed Aboutrika put his side in the lead early in the 5th minute from a low free-kick powered by Mohamed Saleh.

Buoyed by strong support from local fans, Zimbabwe pulled level in the 22nd minute through Knowledge Musona after pouncing on a defensive blunder committed by Zamalek’s Mahmoud Fathallah.

FC Bale’s 20-year-old forward Mohamed Salah grabbed a brace in the 41st and 76th minutes after decisive assists from Aboutrika, however, the home side made it to 3-2 through a strike from Lincoln Zvasiya before Salah completed his hat trick five minutes to full time to seal his side’s 4-2 triumph.

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