WC Qualifying | Islam Slimani scores four as Algeria steamrollers Djibouti

8-0 victory helps it equal the widest winning margin for an African WC Qualifier

Islam Slimani scored four goals as Algeria equalled the widest winning margin for an African World Cup Qualifier by crushing 10-man Djibouti 8-0 in a Group A rout in Blida on Thursday.

The Lyon forward netted twice in each half and the other scorers were Ramy Bensebaini, Baghdad Bounedjah, captain Riyad Mahrez and Ramiz Zerrouki.

Former Leicester City player Slimani took his national team goals tally to 36, matching the record of retired Abdelhafid Tasfaout.

Slimani and Zerrouki were promoted by coach Djamel Belmadi in the only changes from the team that beat Senegal 1-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final.

Victory stretched the African record for an unbeaten run by a national team to 28 matches with Algeria last losing away to Benin in 2018.

Burkina Faso scored twice within three minutes through Lassina Traore and Mohamed Konate to defeat Niger 2-0 in Marrakesh.

Niger had to play the home fixture at a neutral venue because it is among eight countries, including Burkina Faso, whose stadiums were declared unfit to host World Cup fixtures.

Meanwhile, goals from Nayef Aguerd and Abuaagla Ahmed, who put the ball into his own net, earned Group I favourite Morroco a 2-0 win over Sudan in Rabat.

The results: Group A: Niger 0 lost to Burkina Faso 2 (L. Traore 76-pen, Konate 79); Algeria 8 (Slimani 5, 25-pen, 46, 53, Bensebaini 26, Bounedjah 40-pen, Mahrez 67, Zerrouki 69) bt Djibouti 0. Group E: Kenya 0 drew with Uganda 0. Group H: Namibia 1 (Hambira 24) drew with Congo Brazzaville 1 (Hambira 57-og). Group I: Morocco 2 (Aguerd 10, Ahmed 53-og) bt Sudan 0. Group J: DR Congo 1 (Mbokani 23) drew with Tanzania 1 (Msuva 36); Madagascar 0 lost to Benin 1 (Mounie 22) [Niger, Namibia played at neutral venues as they lack international-standard stadiums].

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