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AFCON: Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

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Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday.

Newly-crowed African player of the year Mahrez gave Algeria an early lead in the Group B match but Kudakwashe Mahachi quickly equalised and a penalty before the half-hour mark scored by Nyasha Mushekwi had the Warriors in front.

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In an action-filled encounter Zimbabwe — whose build-up to the finals was overshadowed by a row over bonuses — were just eight minutes away from claiming a famous victory before Mahrez struck again to secure a share of the spoils.

Algeria and Zimbabwe draw makes it three in a roll for 2017 Africa Cup Nations.

Group B Standing

Teams              Points

1 Senegal                1

2 Algeria                 1

3 Zimbabwe            0

4 Tunisia                0

Source: besoccer