Algeria and Egypt clashed in this North African battle, with the Desert Foxes coming out on top at home.
Group 3 Qualifying
The encounter had a great deal of pressure attached to it, with both sides desperately needing a win to increase their odds of qualifying for next year’s World Cup following bad results in the first round of matches in March.
Algerian coach Rabah Saadane was emotional last week in a press conference, as the mounting pressures made him weep, hoping that his side would do well in this match and those to follow.
The emotional plea worked tonight however, as his players came to the party with three goals to Egypt's single strike. It was a nervous wait for the opener, and after a goalless first half, Algerian fans were becoming worried that this encounter would end up in a disappointing draw.
That was not to be however, and on the hour mark Karim Matmour gave the home support something to cheer about, as his got his name on the score sheet for the Algerians. A second goal for Algeria was soon to follow, as Abdel Kader Ghezzal extended the side’s lead, and when Rafik Djebbour made it 3-0 Saadane must have been in heaven.
The result was virtually done and dusted, but the Pharaohs managed a late consolation goal through Mohamed Abu-Treika, making the final score 3-1 to Algeria.
The three points are Algeria’s first in the group, following a loss in the first qualifier, and Egypt remain on one point in the group, risking their place in South Africa, with only a single point from two matches.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com
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