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Algeria overcomes early deficit to secure vital win against Uganda in World Cup qualifiers

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 Algeria secured a crucial 2-1 victory over Uganda in Kampala, bolstering their 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Group G match saw a dramatic second-half resurgence from the Greens, who overcame a dismal first half to claim all three points.

The match began unfavorably for Algeria, with Uganda taking the lead through Mutyaba.

The Greens struggled to find their rhythm, with their only significant chance of the first half coming just before the break when Saïd Benrahma’s effort struck the post in the 45th minute.

The halftime whistle was a relief for an Algerian side that looked out of sorts, plagued by slow play, poor balance, and numerous errors.

In the locker room, the atmosphere was undoubtedly tense. The prospect of losing to Uganda, a team not considered a heavyweight, would have severely dented Algeria’s World Cup hopes.

The second half, however, brought a transformed Algerian side.

Just one minute after the restart, Houssem Aouar equalized for Algeria, capitalizing on a loose ball in the penalty area.

This goal lifted the team, shedding the pressure from their previous defeat against Guinea. With newfound confidence, Algeria began to dominate the play.

Ismaël Bennacer controlled the midfield with precision, while Aouar orchestrated the attack.

The game-changing moment came from Love, whose powerful run from deep in the Algerian half culminated in an assist to Benrahma.

Benrahma, demonstrating his skill, cut inside the area and slotted home the decisive goal in the 58th minute.

The tactical changes made by coach Vladimir Petkovic proved effective.

The introduction of Ramiz Zerrouki for Bentaleb added stability to the midfield, while Zineddine Belaïd’s entry fortified the defense against Uganda’s long-ball tactics.

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Referee Adissa Abdul Ligali’s performance also stood out. The Beninese official maintained control with only 37 fouls, allowing the game to flow and making fair decisions throughout.

As Algeria awaits the outcome of the Guinea vs. Mozambique match, their victory over Uganda is a testament to their resilience and fighting spirit.

The Greens have rediscovered the mindset that has driven their success in recent years, an essential quality as they navigate the challenging road to the 2026 World Cup.

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