Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Afcon 2017: Ethiopia stop Algeria from qualifying

(Mar 29, 2016, (BBC))--Ethiopia held Algeria 3-3 to prevent the Desert Foxes booking their place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Algeria would have qualified for the tournament had they beaten Ethiopia, who they had thrashed 7-1 in Blida in their first group meeting on Friday.

This time Ethiopia took the lead three times but a late penalty by Faouzi Ghoulam secured a point for Algeria. Algeria are top of Group J with 10 points, five points clear of Ethiopia with two matches left to play.

The 13 group winners are guaranteed a place at the finals in Gabon, with the two best-placed runners-up also going through. Gabon qualify automatically as hosts.

Getaneh Kebede scored either side of Islam Slimani's equaliser to put Ethiopia 2-1 up on Tuesday. Aissa Mandi levelled again and Dawit Fikadu restored Ethiopia's advantage only for Ghoulam to slot home from the spot with five minutes remaining. Read more from BBC »

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