Algeria and Nigeria qualified for the World Cup qualifiers – Mashreq News

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Cape Town, South Africa (AP) – African champions Algeria and Nigeria qualified for the knockout rounds of the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday after drawing at home but sealing the point they needed to advance.

Algeria doubled over Burkina Faso, who would have topped Group A and the play-off with a win.

Riyad Mahrez gave the Algerians a lead in the 21st minute with a cross pass that escaped everyone and fell to the Manchester City striker in front of goal. Sofiane Feghouli finished second in 68th place.

But Burkina Faso fell twice. Issoufou Daewoo’s penalty kick returned the score 2-2 in the 84th minute after Lamine Ouattara was subjected to a counter-attack, which led to a very tense finish for Algeria in Blida.

The African Cup champion went on to advance to the 10-team play-offs in March and kept his chance to play in the Qatar World Cup next year.

Nigeria also faced a group stage final against Cape Verde, which needed to beat the three-time African champions to keep their campaign alive.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen put Nigeria 1-0 ahead in the first minute but Stopira equalized within five minutes and Nigeria had to fight until the end of the match to finish winning Group C.

Only the ten winners of the group qualify for the playoffs, where the five African teams that will participate in the World Cup will be decided.

Algeria and Nigeria were joined by Mali, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and Congo, which had already advanced to the play-offs. The final two teams will be decided later on Tuesday.

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