AFCON: Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe
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.
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
1 Senegal 1
2 Algeria 1
3 Zimbabwe 0
4 Tunisia 0