The Algerian team kicked off their 2026 World Cup qualification campaign this Thursday, November 16 with win not very reassuring in front of Somalia.
At the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Baraki (Algeria), the Greens scored in the 5th minute on Abdi, who deceived his own goalkeeper by turning Farès Chaïbi’s backhand into a goal for Algeria.
Riyad Mahrez’s teammates went to the break after half an hour of play through Baghdad Bounedjah (2-0, 31.).
While we were expecting a demonstration of the strength of the Greens against the Somalia team, which is ranked 197th in the FIFA rankings, the national team received a goal from Ahmed (2-1, 66th), which surprisingly reduced the score. A goal that came out of nowhere.
Somalia came to their senses and almost scored on several occasions. The Algerian team was saved for the first time by the post (22nd), and then by its goalkeeper Anthony Mandrea, who deflected several hot balls (20′, 61′).
An achievement that did not shake the Greens, but it would have required the entry of veteran Islam Slimani in the 68th minute, who was demanded by the public, to take cover. The best scorer in the history of the Algerian team scored the third goal nine minutes before the end of the match (3-1, 81.), with a header from Adam Ounas’ corner.
Algeria – Somalia: The greens are not very reassuring, or even worrying
Without brilliance and despite a huge difference in level with today’s opponent, the Algerian team thus successfully begins its qualification campaign for the 2026 World Cup, while in three days there is a complicated match in Maputo against Mozambique, an opponent well above Somalia and who risks serious problems for the Greens if they continue with a low level of play.
Facing Mozambique, apart from the fatigue of the long plane journey (10 hours), Riyad Mahrez’s teammates will also face unfavorable climatic conditions in this country. Next Sunday, 32°C is expected in the Mozambican capital, especially since the match is scheduled for 14:00.
The game against Somalia is a reminder to Djamelo Belmadi and his men that qualifying for the 2026 World Cup will not be easy. The Algerian team, who missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, must take their opponents seriously and reassure their fans if they are to qualify for the next World Cup.
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