Islam Slimani scored four goals as Algeria Football World Cup side made the widest winning margin for a FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier by crushing 10-man Djibouti 8-0 in a Group ‘A’ rout in Blida.
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The Lyon forward caught twice in each half and the other scorers for the Desert Foxes were Ramy Bensebaini, Baghdad Bounedjah, Captain Riyad Mahrez, and Ramiz Zerrouki. Former Leicester City player Slimani took Algeria Football World Cup team goal tally to 36, matching the record of retired Abdelhafid Tasfaout.
Slimani and Zerrouki were indorsed by Coach Djamel Belmadi in the only changes from the team that beat Senegal 1-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final in Cairo. Victory strained the African record for an unbeaten run by a national team to 28 matches with Algeria Football World Cup side last losing away to Benin in October 2018.
Djibouti began the match as rank outcasts, lying 152 places below Algeria Football World Cup team in the world rankings, and had defender Batio Mohamed Youssouf sent off midway through the first half having conceded once.
Burkina Faso widely stared as the only threat to Algeria, scored twice within three minutes through Lassina Traore and Mohamed Konate to defeat Niger 2-0 in Moroccan city Marrakesh. To know more about FIFA World Cup 2022 Tickets click here.
Niger had to play the home fixture at a neutral site because they are among eight countries, including Burkina Faso, whose stadiums were declared unfit to host Football World Cup fixtures. Meanwhile, goals from Nayef Aguerd and Abuaagla Ahmed, who put the ball into his net, earned Group I favorites a 2-0 win over Sudan in Rabat.
Algeria Football World Cup team amassing maximum points took the Moroccans to the top of the table, two points ahead of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, who drew in September. Democratic Republic of Congo, which are among the 10 top seeds, could only draw 1-1 at home to Tanzania in Group J in the southern city of Lubumbashi.
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