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Ethiopia lose at home, Algeria draw in World Cup qualifiers

Ethiopia lost its game against Congo and Algeria scored a draw with Tanzania in the 2015 World Cup qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 14 Nov 2015
Islam Slimani
Algeria's Islam Slimani celebrates after scoring a goal during their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Russia at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 26, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Ethiopia failed to make use of their home advantage when they lost 4-3 to Congo in the first leg of the 2015 World Cup qualifiers on Saturday.

Striker Getaneh Kebede opened the score in the 41st minute for the hosts while Thievy Bifouma snatched the equaliser two minutes before the break to finish the first half with a draw.

In the second half, Congo's winger shocked the hosts by scoring the second goal for his side in the 63th minute, and Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Delvin N'Dinga scored the third for Congo in the 75th minute.

A minute later, after Hardy Binguila scored the fourth for Congo in the 81st minute, the Ethiopia forward scored his side's second goal.

Ethiopia managed to score the third goal in the injury time through their attacking midfielder Shimeles Bekele Godo to finish the game 4-3 for the visitors.

Congo will host Ethiopia on Tuesday in the second leg of the qualifiers.

Elsewhere, Algeria striker Islam Slimani secured his side from a shocking defeat away from home as the Desert Warriors came from behind to draw with Tanzania 2-2 in the World Cup qualifiers.

Tanzania dominated their visitors Algeria and managed to take the upper hand through Elias Maguli in minute 44 and Mbwana Samata in minute 55, before Algeria striker Islam Slimani scored twice in minutes 71 and 75 to finish the game with a draw.

Algeria will host Tanzania on Tuesday in the second leg of the qualifiers.

The winners of the double-legged second-round qualifiers will directly qualify for five four-team groups, whose winners make it to the World Cup in Russia.

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