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Algeria wanted to redeem themselves during these play-offs for the World Cup-2022 after a failed CAN. Half-forgiven early elimination therefore, since Belmadi’s men defeated Cameroon at the Japoma stadium in Douala where they failed two months earlier (0-1). It remains to be confirmed in the return match.
The exorcism is going well for Algeria. Two months after their pitiful elimination of CAN-2022Djamel Belmadi’s Fennecs defeated their demons by winning against Cameroon by Rigobert Song in Douala, the very place of their pitiful exit from the track.
However, at the start of the match, Algeria appeared to be paralyzed returning to the Japoma stadium. Cameroon plays the game, and Toko Ekambi tries his luck from afar and forces M’Bohli to save (5and). Then, Vincent Aboubakar is found in the box and manages to find a striking angle. The shot misses (6and).
Islam Slimani, best Algerian
Algeria reacts thanks to Slimani. The former Lyonnais steals the ball from Ngadeu’s feet, then goes to goal before launching a big strike? Onana makes a superb save (13and). On the corner that follows, two Algerians collide and Cameroon begin a counter 4 against 2. But the shot is badly played.
After this sequence, the debates are balanced. The Indomitable Lions monopolize the ball, but find no space in the Algerian block. However, the attacks lack sharpness, like this solitary breakthrough of Toko Ekambi (31and) or a failed cross from Jean Onana (35and).
The Fennecs take the opportunity to surprise the locals before half-time. On a free kick from the neo-Brestois Belaili, Islam Slimani rises the highest and places a powerful header under the bar of André Onana (40and0-1).
Burlesque interruption of the match because of the floodlights
On returning from the locker room, an incident will taint the smooth running of the meeting. A floodlight failure in this stadium, delivered especially for CAN-2022, interrupts the match. It will take seven long minutes for the match to resume at a choppy pace.
Lights out also made all creativity disappear. Cameroon is lacking ideas, Algeria is well in place and the minutes go by, with no real action near the goals. Belmadi seems happy to keep the score and brings out his trump card Riyadh Mahrez.
On a corner by Karl Toko Ekambi shot from left to right, the ball sails into the Algerian penalty area. Rais M’Bolhi performs a complicated exit, before ending up seizing the ball (80and). He then blocks a long shot from the former Lyonnais. Cameroonian supporters push their team, but Algeria is united. And, after eleven minutes of stoppage time, the victory is good for the latter.
Before the return match played at home, the Algerians therefore won a decisive victory in the race in Qatar. The Fennecs are back at the highest African level. The proof: the Cameroonians had not lost at home since 1998.