Ivory Coast moved forward of Cameroon in Group D of World Cup qualifying because of a 2-1 win over the Indomitable Lions in Abidjan on Monday.
The hosts had the higher of the primary half, performed on a really poor floor, with Ajax striker Sebastien Haller scoring twice earlier than the break.
His first got here within the seventeenth minute from a penalty after Jean Michael Seri’s free-kick struck the arm of Cameroon captain Vincent Aboubakar as he jumped within the wall and the Algerian referee instantly pointed to the spot.
Haller doubled the lead 11 minutes later as he gathered a wonderful go behind the Cameroon defence from China-based Jean Kouassi earlier than scoring with a low drive throughout Greece-based keeper Devis Epassy into the far nook.
Cameroon have been the higher aspect within the second half and pulled a purpose again on the hour-mark with a penalty of their very own.
Nicolas Ngamaleu despatched Sylvain Gbohouo the unsuitable manner from the spot after Eric Bailly had fouled half-time substitute Karl Toko Ekambi within the space as each leapt for the ball.
As Cameroon pushed for a late equaliser, it was Ivory Coast who had the higher possibilities. First Fulham’s Seri hit the bar with a free-kick earlier than Epassy saved on the toes of Christian Kouame who was via on purpose.
Ivory Coast transfer to 4 factors from their two video games, only one forward of Cameroon. Mozambique can be part of the Elephants on 4 factors in the event that they beat Malawi on Tuesday.
Earlier, South Africa scored within the 83rd minute to safe a 1-0 win over visiting Ghana to maneuver to the highest of Group G.
Ghana, who needed to make a number of modifications to the group that beat Ethiopia on Friday due to Covid-related points, started effectively in Tuesday’s match in Johannesburg, having fun with a lot of the possession.
However South Africa took the factors, their winner coming as Ghana didn’t clear a cross and because the ball got here again into the world Bongokuhle Hlongwane touched it into the online off the submit.
Bafana Bafana thought they’d the lead after 37 minutes as Percy Tau headed house a cross just for the brand new Al Ahly striker’s effort to be dominated out for offside.
Replays confirmed it was a decent name however with no VAR in operation, there was no assessment to verify the linesman’s determination.
A minute after the break South Africa ought to have scored when Proof Makgopa by some means put the ball extensive of an open purpose from lower than a yard out, after Ghana keeper Richard Offori let the ball slip from his fingers and thru his legs.
It signifies that after two matches, South Africa – for whom Mothobi Mvala was shut with an overhead kick – have 4 factors, simply forward of Ghana on three.
The second match in Group G is on Tuesday as Ethiopia host Zimbabwe, who will go stage on factors with South Africa with a win.
There was additionally a late winner for Liberia as they beat Central African Republic (CAR) 1-0 in Group C in an empty Japoma stadium in Douala, Cameroonian, as neither nation has a stadium match to host worldwide matches.
The one purpose of the sport got here within the 86th minute as Malaysia-based Kpah Sherman hooked the ball house after CAR dealt badly with a free-kick.
Liberia ought to have been the ‘hosts’ for the match however didn’t agree a cope with authorities in Cameroon over the usage of the stadium.
The Liberians will play their ‘house’ video games in Ghana in future – however since each groups have been in Cameroon, it was determined CAR can be the ‘house’ group as they already had an settlement to make use of the stadium later within the qualifiers.
The opposite match within the group sees Nigeria aiming for 2 wins from two on Tuesday after they host Cape Verde.
Earlier on Monday, Uganda managed a goalless draw with guests Mali in Kampala in Group E.
The Cranes performed the ultimate 24 minutes of the sport with 10 males following the dismissal of Murushidi Jjuko for a second bookable offence.
Regardless of the draw, Mali stay prime of the group with 4 factors from their two matches whereas Uganda have two factors after consecutive goalless attracts.
Kenya even have two factors whereas Rwanda are backside, with the one level they earned on Sunday when the perimeters drew 1-1 in Kigali.
In Group J, veteran striker Dieumerci Mbokani was on track once more for DR Congo as he opened the scoring after 12 minute in a 1-1 draw in opposition to hosts Benin in Contonou.
France-born Jordan Adeoti scored the equaliser earlier than half-time to earn some extent for Benin and maintain them prime of the group on 4 factors.
The Leopards are on two factors after Mbokani’s purpose earned a 1-1 draw on Thursday with Tanzania, who can draw stage with Benin in the event that they beat Madagascar on Tuesday in Dar-es-Salaam.
In Group A, Niger got here from behind to beat Djibouti 4-2 and, like Uganda, ended the match with simply 10 gamers on the pitch.
Thrashed 8-0 by African champions Algeria on Thursday, Djibouti took a shock lead after 32 minutes via Norwegian-born Anas Farah Ali.
Niger fought again after half-time with 4 targets, together with a brace for Ghana-based Victorien Adebayo, a penalty from Amadou Djibo Wonkoye and a fourth from Amadou Sabo.
Hassane Amadou was proven a straight pink card after 83 minutes, with Djibouti making use of their one-man benefit to attain a second via Warsama Hassan Houssein.
The match was performed within the Moroccan capital Rabat as services in Djibouti, who’re pointless after two video games whereas Niger now have three, don’t meet worldwide requirements.
For a similar causes, Burkina Faso will ‘host’ Algeria on Tuesday in one other Moroccan metropolis, Marrakech, with each side having gained their opening Group A qualifiers.
Solely the winners of Africa’s ten qualifying teams qualify for the play-offs subsequent March, when the continent’s 5 finalists for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup shall be identified.