Benin beat Algeria in terrible playing conditions

Algeria lost 1-0 to Benin in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cotonou today, with the goal coming from Yeovil Town midfielder D’Almeida.

The pitch was in a shocking condition, with the grass extremely long and rain had poured down which made the surface extremely slippery and unplayable.

A defensive error by Ramy Bensebaini allowed Stephane Sessegenon to play in the League Two man, who finished from close range in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second half, Sessegnon was sent off with a straight red card after swearing at the Namibian referee. Algeria came closest in the 99th minute, when Adam Ounas hit the bar after coming on as a substitute.

Riyad Mahrez was surprisingly left on the bench as Belmadi made five changes to the team that beat The Squirrels 2-0 last week. He came on in the second half and made a positive impact, creating chances and causing danger for the opposition.

The Desert Foxes remain on top of the Group D table with seven points, with Benin in second place on goal difference. Togo beat Gambia 1-0 in the other fixture which means all four teams can still make it to the tournament next summer with just two games remaining.

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