Midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored in either half as Algeria came from behind to hold Zimbabwe to a 2-2 draw in their Group B clash on Sunday in Franceville.
The England-based star scored eight minutes from time to snatch a vital point for ‘Les Fennecs’ against a determined Zimbabwean side, who have themselves to blame for failing to make the most of the encounter.
Considered underdogs in the group, the Warriors proved that they are not here to add to the numbers, and almost broke the deadlock after only 10 minutes when dangerman Khama Billiat tested the Algerian defence with his surging runs upfront.
Billiat outwitted his marker but Rais Mbolhi denied him with his feet for the first corner of the match.
Two minutes later, ‘Les Fennecs’ broke the deadlock through African Player of the Year, Mahrez, with a curling shot that left Tatenda Mkuruva with little to do. Slimani profited from a blunder by the Zimbabwe midfield, and fetched Mahrez, who fired past Mkuruva.
The Warriors responded in style and levelled five minutes later through Kudakwashe Mahachi, who struck a low shot that beat Mbolhi for a deserving equalizer.