The day after the victorious entry of Senegal and Nigeria, the playoffs of CAN-2021 continue on the African continent. A new round of matches that saw Algeria, the defending champion, and Egypt, the host country of the last African Cup of Nations, find the turf. Ghana, Mali, Guinea and DR Congo were also solicited.
This slew of headliners had various fortunes, Thursday, November 14. Shoved by a Zambia always complicated to maneuver, Algeria has still filled up, taking advantage of a goal from Bensebaini just before the break (1-0, 44) to take the lead, before doubling the bet penalty, thanks to the inevitable Bounedjah (2-0, 68th). Technically superior, the Greens even healed their statistics late in the game, on a wound wonder wound Belaili (3-0, 75th) and a late goal of Soudani (4-0, 87th). And Bounedjah even gave himself a double on a superb pitched ball to complete the party (5-0, 90th).
Ghana strong, DR Congo held in check
The resumption was also successful for Ghana, which had a tough time against South Africa, for their first outing in Group C. The Ayew brothers' teammates managed to secure the essential thanks to Thomas, scorer after half an hour of play (1-0, 36th), then Mohammed Kudus (2-0, 80th).
Three points, however, did not taste the Leopards of the DR Congo. In front of their audience, the men of Christian Nsengi-Biembe were held in check by Gabon (0-0), and thus share the points in a group D dominated by Gambia, victorious the day before Angola.
Without Salah, Egypt can not do it
In the other neighbors duel of the evening, Mali and Guinea were much more inspired in front of the goal. Four achievements, but a similar result, since the National Sily brought a good point from Bamako returning twice to score against the Eagles (2-2).
Finally, among the big disappointments, hard not to mention Egypt, which, amputated by his star Mohamed Salah, could not do better than a sad draw against Kenya, in front of his audience (1-1). To everyone's surprise, the Comoros took the lead in group G, thanks to a short but precious success on the pitch of Togo (0-1).
• All results on Thursday, November 14
Mali 2 - 2 Guinea
Ghana 2 - 0 South Africa
DR Congo 0 - 0 Gabon
Mozambique 2 - 0 Rwanda
Egypt 1 - 1 Kenya
Togo 0 - 1 Comoros
Algeria 5 - 0 Zambia