Tunisia began its campaign in the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final in Qatar, with its host Ecuador Guinea losing 3-0 to Mauritania in the first round of the second group match. A big loss at home against Zambia 1-2.
Ghana beat their host Ethiopia 1-0, while Nigeria and Cameroon suffered a 2-0 defeat against Liberia and Malawi.
In the first match at the “Hamay Al-Agrabi” ground in Radus, Tunisia struggled to beat its host, Ecuadorian Guinea, especially in the first half, when the guests came out on top.
The “Carthage Eagles”, trying to reach the final for the sixth time in their history, waited for their guests’ nets to shake at the start of the second half, first assuring French Mets defender Dylan Bren a corner kick (54), before Colon midfielder Elias Sagiri assured the national team fans. His country scored the second goal. .
Al-Duhail Qatar midfielder Ferzani Sassi (82) scored from the penalty spot before French Saint-Etienne striker Wahbi Kosri finished the third goal.
Second, at the Olympic Stadium in the capital, Nouakchott, Mauritania suffered a heavy loss at home when it fell 1-2 to its guest Zambia.
Zambia, the champion of the continent in 2012, finished second in 1974 and 1994 and looking for the World Cup for the first time in its history, scored in the tenth minute by Austrian Salzburg striker Enoch Mwebo, then for the second time in a row for the 12th time. Moments later, before Egyptian El Endog L’Horby striker went on a free contract with the Arab contractors on Thursday, Mamto Ndiyogo Nias reduced the deficit for the hosts in the 69th minute.
Mauritania goes to Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia to go to Zambia in the second round on Tuesday.
Leicester City striker Clichy Ihanacho gave Nigeria a well-deserved victory over their host Liberia.
Ihanacho scored a brace in the 22nd and 44th minutes to put the “Excellent Eagles” ahead by three points, two points ahead of the Central African Republic and Cape Verde, who were tied 1-1 at the start of the first round on Wednesday.
Nigeria will play its second match next Tuesday in Cape Verde, while Liberia will play its guest host in the Central African Republic on Monday.
Ivory Coast and South Africa returned with disappointing goals against Mozambique and Zimbabwe respectively.
In the first match in Group D, Ivory Coast advanced to the final for the fourth time in its history, after reaching the previous three editions, trying to make up for what Russia did not have in the last edition in 2018, falling in the draw against Mozambique.
This is the second of seven clashes between the two teams since the first match at the 2010 World Cup qualifiers in Maputo, but 1-1 in September 2008.
In the same group, Cameroon, wanting a world wedding for the sixth time in its history, reached the most important on its soil and settled the clash with its guest Malawi with two clean goals in the first half, with Saudi al-Nasser striker Vincent Abu Bakr (9) and Belgian defender Michael Ngato 23 ( ).
In the second round, Ivory Coast is waiting for a summit against its guest Cameroon next Monday, with Mozambique arriving in Malawi on Tuesday.
In the second match of the G, which wants to take part in the fourth World Cup and the first match after the 2010 edition, South Africa is no better than Ivory Coast and is content with one point ahead of its host Zimbabwe.
Ghana, looking for the fourth World Cup in its history, topped the group by beating Spanish host midfielder Mubarak Waqas with a single goal in the 35th minute to beat its host Ethiopia.
In the second round, next Monday, South Africa will play its guest Ghana, while Zimbabwe will meet its host Ethiopia on Tuesday.
The second round of the qualifiers features 40 teams, divided into 10 teams of four teams, with tours played between them. The top ten teams will qualify for the finals, where five domestic and foreign matches will be decided, and the five winners will qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
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