Algeria 3–1 Egypt
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
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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