11/20/2018 7:02:27 PM (GMT+3)

Mahrez double helps Algeria qualify for African Cup of Nations

Mahrez double helps Algeria qualify for African Cup of Nations

NEW DELHI: Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Algeria beat Togo 4-1 in Lome on Sunday to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

Mahrez netted either side of a Youcef Attal goal to give the 1990 champions a three-goal advantage.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba pulled one back for Togo in the second half before Baghdad Bounedjah completed the scoring during stoppage-time.

Algeria have 10 points from five matches in Group D, Benin seven and Togo and the Gambia five each.

The final round of matches is scheduled for March.

The Algerians became the 10th qualifiers after Cameroon, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.

Burkina Faso, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe squandered chances to also secure places in the newly-expanded 24-team tournament next June and July.

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