Algeria race to top with second win

France and Guinea players fight for the ball during the CISM World Cup match at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.

By Sports Reporter — MUSCAT: Jan. 18 – Algeria stormed to the top of Group B with a second win against Iran in the second CISM World Cup football championship at the Seeb Sports Stadium on Wednesday. The Algerian forwards were upto the task from the kick off and they struck in the 27th minute when Hamia Mohamed Amine found the target. Ferhani Houari made it 2-0 for Algeria in the 36th minute. Hamia Mohamed Amine netted his second goal in the 42nd minute to make it 3-0 cushion for Algeria. Iran, taken aback by the early goals, came back into the match with a goal just before the half-time whistle. Ali Gholam Rezapur made no mistake from a penalty kick. Algeria returned to boost their defence in the second half as Iran failed to make a breakthrough though they had played with more purpose. Iran hopes to qualify for the quarterfinals faded with the second loss. In the first match, they had lost to North Korea 2-0.

African country Guinea came back from an opening defeat against hosts Oman to hold France 2-2 at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher on Wednesday. In the Group A match, France took the lead through Jawed El Hajir in the 19th minute. Guinea levelled in the 39th minute as Mamadou Kindy Sow netted their first goal of the tournament. It was 1-1 at half-time. Abdul Qader put France again in lead in the 80th minute. Four minutes later, Amadou found the target for Guinea to make it all square. It was important points for both the teams as Guinea had slumped to a 5-0 thrashing by Oman and Bahrain edged France 1-0 in their opening matches.

Today’s matches
Group C
Egypt vs Canada
(ROP Stadium Wattayah) 5 pm
Syria vs Poland
(ROP Stadium Wattayah) 8 pm
Group D
Ireland vs Qatar
(Seeb Sports Stadium) 5 pm
USA vs Mali
(Seeb Sports Stadium) 8 pm