CAN 2015 – Algeria and Senegal in pole position

Favourites Algeria storm back for decisive winAlgeria got off to a winning start on Monday with a 3-1 triumph over South Africa in the second match of Group C in Mongomo.

In an impressive fightback by the Desert Foxes went top of the table on goal difference in the group of death after Teranga Lions of Senegal defeated Ghana Black Star by 2-1 earlier.

Faouzi Ghoulam and Islam Slimani scored for Algeria in a lively match for the top-ranked African team after a Thulani Hlatshwayo own-goal wiped out the lead Thuso Phala gave South Africa.Tokelo Rantie wasted a great chance to double the advantage for Bafana Bafana almost immediately by firing a penalty over off the crossbar.

A back-heel from Rantie set up Phala to break the deadlock on 51 minutes with a close-range shot wide of Mbolhi.Then a Rantie spot-kick flew over off the crossbar after Aissa Mandi fouled Vilakazi.

An Algerian onslaught by Slimani was denied by South African Goalie Keet and again by the post. But the North Africans scored twice within six minutes in the second half to turn the tide around. Hlatshwayo headed a cross into his own net and a fierce Ghoulam shot flew past Keet. An Algerian victory was assured seven minutes from time as Keet allowed a Slimani shot to slip under his body and into the net.

In the first match, Moussa Sow came on as a substitute to score three minutes into stoppage-time and earn Senegal a deserved 2-1 victory over Ghana.The Black Stars failed to clear a long free-kick from Senegal goalkeeper and captain Bruno Coundoul set up Sow from close range.  Ghana’s Andre Ayew scored in the 14th  minute from the penalty spot and Mame Diouf levelled just before the hour mark.