Mahrez double fires Algeria to 2019 Nations Cup

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Nov 2018

File photo: Algeria's Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates with Yacine Brahimi (R) and Islam Slimani. AFP

Algeria secured their place at next year's Africa Cup of Nations after claiming a 4-1 away win over Togo on Sunday.

With one game remaining in the qualifiers, Algeria are on top of the group with ten points, three ahead of second placed Benin and five clear of Togo who lie third. 

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Youcef Attal doubled Algeria's lead on 28 minutes.  

Two minutes later, Mahrez added the third to complete his personal brace before Baghdad Bounedjah put the icing on the cake with a 90th-minute goal.

Kodjo Laba scored the consolation for the hosts two minutes before the hour-mark.

Algeria won the Nations Cup title once in 1990 when they hosted the competition.  

Also on Sunday, Liberia claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Zimbabwe to keep their hopes alive in the Nations Cup qualifiers, thanks to striker William Djebour who scored the winner in the 72nd minute.

Liberia are second in Group G with seven points, just one behind leaders Zimbabwe and three ahead of bottom side Congo who have five points.

The final day in this tough group will be decisive as DR Congo will host Liberia while Zimbabwe take on Congo next March.     

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