Former West Ham attacker Sebastien Haller scored twice in 9 minutes to provide the Ivory Coast a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over fellow African top-10 nation Cameroon in Abidjan on Monday.
Haller, who moved to Ajax Amsterdam final January after scoring 14 targets in 54 outings for the Hammers, transformed a penalty on 20 minutes and later outpaced a defender and fired into the far nook of the online.
Moumi Ngamaleu pulled one objective again from one other penalty, on 61 minutes, to arrange a tense end to the Group D showdown.
Ivory Coast high the desk with 4 factors after two rounds, Cameroon have three, and Mozambique one and Malawi none forward of their match on Tuesday.
Group D is the one part of 10 in Africa that includes two international locations among the many 10 highest ranked within the continent — the Ivory Coast had been twelfth when the draw was made two years in the past.
In the meantime, South Africa edged Ghana 1-0 in Johannesburg by way of a 83rd-minute Bongokuhle Hlongwane objective and changed them as Group G leaders.
Fielding a younger, inexperienced facet below just lately employed Belgian coach Hugo Broos, the South Africans ought to have damaged the impasse earlier.
Percy Tau, who has give up English Premier League membership Brighton to affix Egyptian and African giants Al Ahly, had a first-half headed objective wrongly disallowed for offside.
Proof Makgopa, considered one of many new faces after Broos complained about inheriting an “previous” squad, missed a sitter simply after half-time, poking the ball broad of an unguarded objective.
However with time working out and weakened Ghana wanting like taking some extent residence, Hlongwane linked with a low cross and the ball rolled into the online through the far publish.
Ghana lacked Premier League trio Daniel Amartey, Jordan Ayew and Jeffrey Schlupp as South Africa is on the British coronavirus “purple listing”, which requires travellers to isolate for 10 days after they return.
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South Africa have 4 factors and Ghana three from two matches, and Zimbabwe one and Ethiopia none forward of their assembly in Bahir Dar on Tuesday.
Mali, who’re looking for a primary World Cup look, took a agency grip on Group E by forcing a 0-0 draw away to 10-man Uganda.
Defender Murushid Juuko was proven a straight purple card on 65 minutes and Uganda needed to accept one other goalless stalemate, after holding Kenya final week.
Benin did not construct on a matchday 1 win in Madagascar and needed to come from behind to attract 1-1 with Group J rivals the Democratic Republic of Congo in Cotonou.
Each targets had been headed by senior gamers through the opening half with Dieumerci Mbokani, 35, placing the Congolese in entrance and Jordan Adeoti, 32, levelling.
Benin have 4 factors and DR Congo two, whereas Tanzania, who’ve one, and pointless Madagascar face off in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
Niger equalled their file for the variety of objective scored in a World Cup qualifier by coming from behind to trounce Djibouti 4-2 in Group A with Victorien Adebayor bagging a brace.
Djibouti are ranked 182nd on the earth, making them the bottom of the 40 African World Cup hopefuls, and have conceded 12 targets in two outings.
The part is about to be dominated by African champions Algeria and Burkina Faso, each matchday 1 winners who conflict on Tuesday in Morocco as a result of the Burkinabe lack an international-standard stadium.
Djibouti, who’ve additionally created a base in Morocco, and Burkina Faso are amongst 9 international locations compelled to make use of impartial venues both as a result of the stadium amenities or the pitch are lower than scratch.
The Central African Republic and Liberia are different nations compelled to play residence matches overseas and so they met within the Cameroonian port metropolis of Douala, the place Liberian Kpah Sherman scored the one objective.