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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Algeria Thrash Djibouti

Algeria brushed Djibouti aside in their opening Group A qualifier for the 2022 World Cup played at Stade Mustapha Tchaker on Thursday night.

Islam Slimani got the proceedings underway in the fifth minute, as he went on to add more three goals in a game that the African Champions dominated from the start.

Ramy Bensebaini, Baghdad Bounedjah, Riyad Mahrez and Ramiz Zerrouki were also on the score-sheet, in a win that extends Algeria’s run to 28 matches.

Djibouti had to play with 10-men for almost 80minutes after Youssof Batio was sent to an early shower in the 23rd minute of the game.

In another Group A match, Niger went down 2-0 in the hands of Burkina Faso, with the Stallions goals coming from Lassina Traore and Mohamed Konate.

In Group J, Benin claimed maximum points away from home with a narrow 1-0 win over hosts Madagascar in Antananarivo.

Steve Mounie netted the solitary goal in the 22th minute of the match that was played at Mahamasina Municipal Stadium.

The Squirrels moved on the top of the group with three points while DR Congo and Tanzania occupy second spot following their 1-1 draw in Lumbubashi.

Elsewhere, Morocco secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Sudan in a Group I match played at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

Nayef Aguerd found the back of the net as early as 10th minute with a beautiful finish before Abuaagla Abdalla headed the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear a corner.

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