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Half Bread for Mahrez, Full Bread for Mane in Group B of Gabon 2017


The Warriors of Zimbabwe almost did the Unthinkable in Franceville against Algeria that ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday Evening.
A Brace from the Reigning African Footballer of the Year Rihad Mahrez could only secure a point for the fennecs who trailed by 2-1 for larger part of the match.
Zimbabwe made a bright start with Billiat influential on the left-hand side.
His brilliant run got him to the six-yard box and he forced a fine save from Raïs M'Bolhi. From the resultant corner he lauched a 35-yard volley that struck the inside of the post and bounced to safety.

Zimbabwe were forced into a change after 10 minutes when Musona limped off to be repalced by another former Kaizer Chiefs striker Matthew Rusike.
And a minute later Algeria took the lead as Mahrez raced into the box and curled home a left-footed shot to make it 1-0.
But six minutes later and Zimbabwe were level as some neat play on the edge of the Algeria box saw Mahachi drill the ball across goal and into the bottom corner. Mushekwi almost gave Zimbabwe the lead midway through the first half when his snap-shot was brilliant palmed away by Rais M’Bolhi. Mushekwi would not be denied though and when Bhasera was brought down in the box, the former Sundowns striker stepped up with a cool finish from 12-yards.
Algeria started the brighter in the second half, but Zimbabwe were excellent on the break.
Billiat went close to adding a third for his side when his trickery created space in the box and his curling effort was brilliantly kept out by M’Bolhi. Algeria almost found an equaliser just before the hour-mark when Ramy Bensebaini's header crashed back off the crossbar when he rose unchallenged from a corner.
Algeria pressed forward in numbers against a tired Zimbabwe and they were unlucky again when a cross struck defender Elisha Muroiwa and bounced onto his crossbar and away to safety. Substitute Cuthbert Malajila should have sealed the game for Zimbabwe when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper with 10 minutes to play, but could not finish. And barely a minute later Mahrez grabbed his second to equalise, running through the Zimbabwe defence to finish.
Meanwhile, Sadio Mane and Centre back Kara Mbodji scored the other goal, as Senegal became the first team to register a win at the tournament after the first three games all ended in draws.

Photos Credit : Cafonline

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