Afcon 2017: Algeria score late to beat Lesotho

El-Arbi Hilal Soudani (centre)
El-Arbi Hilal Soudani (centre) now has 16 goals for Algeria

Algeria scored twice in the last five minutes to secure a 3-1 victory away to Lesotho in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Faouzi Ghoulam had put Africa's top-ranked team ahead on 31 minutes but the hosts responded six minutes later through Ralekoti Mokhahlane.

On 85 minutes, El-Arbi Hilal Soudani restored Algeria's lead and he made sure of the points with his second just before full-time.

Victory moves Algeria back to the top of Group J with a maximum six points, while pointless Lesotho are rooted to the bottom.

The reigning champions Ivory Coast kicked off the defence of their crown with a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone.

The match was played in the neutral venue of Port Harcourt in Nigeria as Sierra Leone is still banned from hosting international football because of the ebola outbreak.

It was a disappointing start to Michel Dussuyer's reign as new Elephants' coach.

His side felt the absence of a host of key players including skipper Yaya Toure who asked not to be picked whilst he considers his international future.

Zamalek striker Bosem Morsy hit a hat-trick for Egypt in their 5-1 victory away to Chad in Group G.

Morsy had put The Pharaohs 2-0 up inside the first 25 minutes before Chad came back through Ezechiel Ndouasel.

Mohamed Salah made it 3-1 to Egypt before half-time, with Mahmoud Kahraba adding a fourth for the visitors after the break.

Morsy completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute to ensure Egypt went top of Group G.

Nigeria are two points behind after their 0-0 draw in Tanzania on Saturday.

Cameroon beat The Gambia 1-nil in Banjul to go top of Group M.

A 65th minute goal from FC Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar was the difference between the two sides.

The Indomitable Lions have won both their opening group games, and have a five point advantage over bottom side South Africa.

Zambia, champions in 2012, came from behind away to Kenya in Group E to claim a 2-1 win.

Michael Olunga's 13th-minute strike gave the hosts a super start but they could hold their advantage for only 15 minutes, undone by a Winston Kalengo effort.

And Zambia completed their recovery through Collins Mbesuma who struck the winner three minutes before the interval.

There was no movement in the places in Group L as both games ended in draws.

Leaders Zimbabwe shared the points with Guinea as Knowledge Musona cancelled out Ibrahima Traore's opener, while Swaziland and Malawi shared four goals in the group's other game.

Louis Pithia's goal gave Mauritius victory over Mozambique and their first points in Group H.

The midfielder's 51st-minute effort gave the hosts a 1-0 victory which draws them level with second-placed Rwanda on three points.

Cape Verde needed an 89th minute goal from Ryan Mendes before beating Libya 2-1.

The match was played in Cairo on security grounds.

The result puts Cape Verde top of the group with Morocco. Both countries have maximum points from their two games.

In Group B Central African Republic scored twice in the first half - the opening goal came from the penalty spot - to see off visitors DR Congo 2-0.

The result puts them level on points with their opponents but the pair are one point off the lead after Angola drew 0-0 with Madagascar.

Twelve matches were played on Sunday, following the 13 fixtures that were played on Saturday and one played on Friday.

The winners of each of the 13 groups and the two best-placed runners-up will advance to the finals, alongside hosts Gabon.

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