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Lady Luck smiles on World Cup qualifiers Algeria

Reuters, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013
Madjid Bougherra
Algerian Madjid Bougherra (Photo: Reuters)
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Algeria needed a large slice of good fortune to defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 in their World Cup playoff in Blida on Tuesday to reach the 2014 finals in Brazil on the away goals rule.

The Algerians struck early in the second half through Madjid Bougherra, the ball deflecting in after Bakary Kone's attempted clearance struck him on the head, as the tie finished 3-3 on aggregate.

Burkina Faso, bidding to qualify for the first time, went agonizingly close late on when they hit the post.

Algeria join Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria as Africa's World Cup representatives.

The Mustapha Tchaker stadium was full six hours before kickoff and the sense of expectation from the fans translated to the players as the home side made a cautious start.

Algeria had only one clear sight of goal in the first half, Islam Slimani heading wide from a Faouzi Ghoulam cross out on the left.

Lady Luck smiled on the hosts three minutes into the second period when Ghoulam's free kick was not cleared by the Burkinabe defense and the ball fell kindly for Bougherra three meters from goal.

His initial effort was saved by Daouda Diakite and as Kone tried to hook the ball away he succeeded only in blasting it against the forehead of Bougherra and it rebounded into the net.

Slimani then flashed a shot on the turn just wide as Algeria, buoyed by the jubilation in the stands, pushed forward in search of a second goal.

The remainder of the game was largely played in the Burkina Faso half but there was late drama when a corner from the visitors was deflected on to the Algeria post and bounced away to safety.

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Dznas
20-11-2013 03:26pm
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Inshallah they do better this time
They were very nervous but thank god we won. Burkina Faso did very good, good luck to them next time. we were very fortunate to score a goal.
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Rabie
19-11-2013 11:05pm
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It was not a stroke of good fortune
If you want to be fair then you need to look at both games in Algeria and in Burkina Faso. Algeria didn't deserve to loose in Burkina Faso so that was not fortune they played well. Now back in Algeria it is the bottom line that matters which is qualifying to the world cup even if they didn't play the way they are used to! each game has it own tactic and Algerian has proven that they are good in world cup qualifiers, good luck Algeria, hard luck Egypt!
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Arsenal
20-11-2013 01:16am
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Algeria deserve it
Algeria deserve the win
Bassel
20-11-2013 12:47am
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Abu Trika: The best Egyptian FootBall Player Ever
Abu Trika, a great football player and even greater Human Being. A principled man! He deserved to go the World Cup. It is very unfortunate that he was not able to.
Bassel
20-11-2013 12:43am
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Congratulations to Algeria
Again, the Algerians proved their pragmatism in football in the same they have done in politics.
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