Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Algeria beats Egypt to qualify for 2010 World Cup

Algeria qualified for its first World Cup since 1986, beating Egypt 1-0 in a tiebreaker playoff Wednesday night on Antar Yahya's goal from an acute angle in the 39th minute.

Egypt, whose only World Cup appearances were in 1934 and 1990, forced the playoff by beating Algeria 2-0 on an injury-time goal in Cairo last Saturday. That left the nations tied atop Africa Group C and set off several violent outbursts.

Algeria, which also appeared in the 1982 World Cup, completed the African field for next year's tournament, joining Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and host South Africa.

Yahya scored with a right-footed volley that beat goalkeeper Essam El Hadary.

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