Match report: Algeria play thrilling 2 - 2 draw with Zimbabwe

Match report: Algeria play thrilling 2 - 2 draw with Zimbabwe

Riyad Mahrez's wonderful double was not enough to earn Algeria a win in their AFCON 2017 opener against Zimbabwe.

The Desert Foxes were favorites for the win and they showed from the beginning as African footballer of the year Riyad Mahrez puts his side ahead just 12 minutes into the game with a curling shot from the right.

Match report: Algeria play thrilling 2 - 2 draw with Zimbabwe

Mahrez celebrates his opener with Nabil Bentaleb

However, Zimbabwe equalized just five minutes later through Kudakwashe Mahachi.

Match report: Algeria play thrilling 2 - 2 draw with Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe celebrate after equalizing

Nyasha Mushekwi put the Warriors ahead in the 29th minute to stun Mahrez and his star teammates.

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The Leicester City man however has other ideas. Picking up the ball from the centre of the pitch, the African footballer of the year cut to his left, dragged the ball over to the left and unleashed a stunning shot in the 84th minute.

Match report: Algeria play thrilling 2 - 2 draw with Zimbabwe

Mahrez celebrates his second goal

That was how the game ended despite the Warriors of Zimbabwe showing lethergy towards the end of the game.

The other teams in group B are Tunisia and Senegal.

Source: Sports.naij.com

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