Friday, 10 November 2017

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Algeria Hold Nigeria To A Draw, Senegal Book World Cup Ticket

The Super Eagles of Nigeria successfully maintained their unbeaten run till the end of their 2018 World Cup Qualifier campaign after a 1-1 draw with the Fennecs of Algeria in their last Group B game.
Algeria held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in their final Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying series at the Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui on Friday night.

After a scoreless draw in the first half, Algeria captain Yacine Brahimi won and converted a harshly-awarded late penalty to cancelled out John Ogu’s stunning 63rd minute opener to deprive Nigeria - already qualified for next year's tournament - their second away victory of a successful campaign.

With the result, Gernot Rohr's men maintained their unbeaten status throughout the World Cup qualifying campaign. Which means our record of not losing qualifiers since 2005 is preserved...Second to Spain worldwide.

The Eagles finished on top of the Group B table with 14 points from six games played throughout the course of the World Cup qualifiers.

And they are expected to jet out of Algeria for Tuesday’s international friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia.

Meanwhile, Senegal sealed a return to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since their 2002 debut thanks to a 2-0 win over South Africa in World Cup qualifying African Group D.
Senegal's players celebrate after winning

Diafra Sakho scored the opener for the visitors in Polokwane, before a somewhat fortuitous Thamsanqa Mkhize own goal sealed the three points for the Teranga Lions.

The visitors are now five points ahead of nearest Group D challengers Burkina Faso with one game remaining. 

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