Relief for Algeria. At the end of a tense end of the match in Blida, the Fennecs finally contained the return of Burkina Faso (2-2) to secure their first place in Group A. Put into orbit by an achievement of their captain Mahrez (21e), the locals were joined by their runner-up before the break thanks to Sanogo (37e). Djamel Belmadi’s men regained the advantage thanks to the former Grenoblois Feghouli (68e) before Dayo, on a penalty conceded by the short-lived Lyonnais Benlamri, gives hope to the Stallions (83e).
But as in the first leg (1-1, 9 September), the two teams separated in a draw that made the business of Algeria, which would have lost the head of the group in the event of a first defeat in this qualifying campaign. The Fennecs thus join the play-offs in the Africa zone, where they will find the other nine group winners to compete for the five tickets allocated to the African continent.
These dams will also see the participation of Nigeria, present during the last two editions of the World Cup. In an identical case to Algeria, the Black Stars saved most against Cape Verde, their runner-up in Group C (1-1). The Neapolitan Osimhen, in great shape at the start of the year, opened the entry scoring (1e) before Stopira’s no less early equalizer (6e).
Already qualified since Friday, Egypt has finished work at home against Gabon (2-1). Magdy opened the scoring for the Pharaohs (4e) before Clermontois Allevinah equalizes after the break (54e). But Obiang scored a goal against his camp (75th) to consolidate the position of leader of the band in Salah, who came into play for the last half hour.