Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia seized their last chance and qualified for the World Cup playoffs held in Africa on Tuesday, but Côte d’Ivoire did not seize the day. It is by far the largest team on the African continent and missed it. The game to be held in Qatar next year.
African champions Algeria and Nigeria were both eliminated from the 10-team playoffs in March, but scored the points needed for progress on the last day of the group stage.
Tunisia is more convincing, defeating Zambia 3-1 to win the first place in Group B and a playoff seat, stifling Zambia’s hopes.
Cameroon ended the Côte d’Ivoire campaign with a 1-0 victory in Cameroon’s much-hyped West Africa matchup. Karl Toko Ekambi’s first-half goal resolved the tense Group D tiebreaker, as Côte d’Ivoire lost the game in the end and gained the group lead.
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Two-time African champion Côte d’Ivoire will miss the World Cup for the second consecutive time after failing to enter Russia in 2018.
Only 10 group stage winners advanced to the playoffs, with Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tunisia in the last four. They have joined the ranks of Mali, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and Congo that have already advanced. Although there are two appeals in the pipeline, they may still decide who will play in the two rounds of the playoffs in the final five African teams. Say right to the World Cup.
Benin said that it would appeal its 2-0 loss to Congo on Sunday because Congo had four different suspensions during the game, so they made four substitutions. The current FIFA rules allow teams to make up to five substitutions, but only for a total of three breaks.
South Africa also said that after losing 1-0 in Ghana this weekend, it was protesting to FIFA and the African Football Federation, which made Ghana at the expense of South Africans.
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The South African Football Association complained about the “behavior” of Senegal referee Margot Ndiaye and claimed that some of his decisions, including the penalty kick to end the game, were unfair to South Africa. SAFA did not clarify whether it believed that N’Diaye was deliberately biased.
On Tuesday, Algeria led twice, but eventually drew 2-2 with Burkina Faso, which will rank first in Algeria’s Group A and win the playoffs with a victory.
Riyad Mahrez led the Algerians in the 21st minute. His cross deterred everyone and fell to the Manchester City striker in front of the goal. Sofiane Feghouli finished second for Algeria in the 68th inning.
But Burkina Faso equalized twice. In the 84th minute, after Ramin Ouattara counterattacked and fell to the ground, Issuf Dayo’s penalty was rewritten to 2-2, leading to Algeria’s victory in Blida. Very nervous in the game.
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Nigeria also faces a life-and-death final group match against Cape Verde, and Cape Verde needs to defeat the three-time African champion to maintain its campaign.
Victor Osimen of Naples led Nigeria 1-0 in the first minute, but Stopila equalized the score within 5 minutes and Nigeria had to fight for the rest of the game to compete for Group C champion.
Egypt, which has entered the playoffs, ended the group stage with a 2-1 victory over Gabon. Mohamed Salah came off the bench, his appearance forced John Obiang to score an own goal, and the Egyptian team won.
Morocco beat Guinea 3-0, making it the only team to win all six group games, scoring 20 goals and only one goal.