The Algerian African champions were held in check by Burkina Faso (1-1) on Tuesday, September 7, during the second day of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Fennecs remain at the top of Group A but only with the goal difference ahead of Burkina Faso.
One series that continues, another that ends … Algeria has chained a 32nd match in a row without defeat against Burkina, but its winning streak ends at eight. The fault of a Burkina team first respectfully before they set out to upset the reigning African champions.
The Algerians started the match in a good way, mastered the debates and the ball and opened logically in the 18th minute thanks to Sofiane Feghouli, on a serve from Islam Slimani. Faced with a shy team of stallions who were more afraid to take the water than to pamper their opponent, the Fennecs formation spent a quiet first period.
But we must believe that half-time transformed Bryan Dabo and his comrades who returned from the locker room with a determination and anger that surprised Belmadi’s men. Now without complex, fighting on all the balls, putting heart and physique in conquest of the ball, Burkinabè equalized logically just after the hour mark thanks to Abdoul Tapsoba (64th). The stallions, who played at home in Morocco, could even have won on one last big opportunity from Mouhamed Konaté, whose shot goes far from Raïs M’Bolhi’s right post.
It is also true that Algeria could have benefited from a penalty on Mahrez in the 88th minute, but Fennecs did not do enough to hope to secure three victory points.
For the stallions, it is a small feat to keep the reigning African champion in check and to remain at the top of Group A with Algeria ahead of them only thanks to the goal difference (+8 against +2).
The next day in October, Algeria travels to Niger and Burkina Faso to Djibouti.
► To read: WC 2022: calendar and results for qualified Africa