FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon In Playoffs; Ivory Coast Out

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon In Playoffs; Ivory Coast Out

Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia took their final probabilities and certified for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers in Africa on Tuesday, however Ivory Coast didn’t seize the day and is the continent’s largest group thus far to overlook out on the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. (Extra Soccer Information)
African champion Algeria and Nigeria scraped by way of to the 10-team playoffs in March after each have been held to residence attracts however clinched the purpose they wanted to progress on the ultimate day of the group stage.
Tunisia was extra convincing, beating Zambia 3-1 to take the highest spot and the playoff place in Group B, snuffing out Zambia’s hopes.
Cameroon ended Ivory Coast’s marketing campaign with a 1-0 win of their much-hyped West African showdown in Cameroon. Karl Toko Ekambi’s first-half objective settled the tense Group D decider as Ivory Coast misplaced the sport and the lead of the group proper on the finish.
Ivory Coast, a two-time African champion, will miss their second straight World Cup after additionally failing to make it to 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Solely the ten group winners progressed to the playoffs and Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia took the final 4 spots. They joined Mali, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and Congo, which had already superior, though there are two appeals brewing which will nonetheless have a say on who truly performs within the two-leg playoff ties to determine the ultimate 5 African groups to go to the World Cup.
Benin say it’ll enchantment in opposition to its 0-2 loss to Congo on Sunday which denied them a playoff place as a result of Congo made 4 substitutions utilizing 4 separate stoppages in play. Present FIFA guidelines permit groups to make as much as 5 substitutions however solely throughout a complete of three breaks in play.
South Africa additionally mentioned they’re protesting to FIFA and the Confederation of African Soccer after their 0-1 lose in Ghana this weekend, which despatched Ghana by way of on the expense of the South Africans.
The South African Soccer Affiliation complained about “the conduct” of Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye and claimed a lot of his choices, together with for the penalty that settled the sport, went unfairly in opposition to South Africa. SAFA didn’t make clear if it believed N’Diaye was deliberately biased.
On Tuesday, Algeria twice led however ultimately drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso, which might have taken the highest spot in Group A off Algeria and the playoff place with a win.
Riyad Mahrez gave the Algerians a Twenty first-minute lead by sweeping in a cross that eluded everybody and fell to the Manchester Metropolis ahead in entrance of objective. Sofiane Feghouli received a second for Algeria within the 68th.
However Burkina Faso twice pulled stage and Issoufou Dayo’s penalty made it 2-2 within the 84th minute after Lamine Ouattara was chopped down on a counterattack, resulting in a extremely nervous end for Algeria in Blida.
Nigeria additionally confronted a do-or-die last group recreation in opposition to Cape Verde, which wanted to beat the three-time African champion to maintain its marketing campaign alive.
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen put Nigeria 1-0 up within the first minute however Stopira equalized inside 5 minutes and Nigeria needed to struggle for the remainder of the sport for the purpose that took it by way of as Group C winner.
Egypt, already by way of to the playoffs, rounded off its group marketing campaign with a 2-1 win over Gabon. Mohamed Salah got here on as an alternative and his presence pressured Johann Obiang into the personal objective that gave Egypt victory.
Morocco’s 3-0 win over Guinea made it the one group to win all six of its group video games, scoring 20 targets and letting in only one.

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