Ivory Coast beat Guinea in World Cup qualifying; Ecuador win in Peru to stay in World Cup hunt; Algeria cause a major upset beating Egypt

Guinea 1 – Ivory Coast 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) The Ivorians broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime after Bakary Kone finished off a period of pressure from the visitors. Ismael Bangoura brought Guinea level on the hour rising high to head home in the box. But the Elephants ran out winners when a lightning counter-attack was finished off by Koffi Romaric.

Nigeria 3 – Kenya 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) The Super Eagles started the game with a goal inside the opening two minutes as Ike Uche took advantage of a defensive slip to run through the defence and expertly finish. Inter Milan forward Obinna Nsofor then wrapped up the points in the latter stages, converting a 72nd minute penalty before hitting home a thundering shot five minutes later.

Peru 1 – Ecuador 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Teenager Jefferson Montero put the visitors ahead finishing a pacey counter-attack in the first half. Fiorentina’s Juan Vargas briefly brought Peru back into the match by scoring a classy free-kick. But Carlos Tenorio won the match for Ecuador by heading the second half winner on the hour mark.

Algeria 3 – Egypt 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, June 7, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Algeria pulled off a massive result beating the Pharaohs. Karim Matmour opened the scoring for the hosts in the 60th minute, before a Abdelkader Ghezzal header and super solo goal from Rafik Djebbour earned the Desert Foxes a 3-nil lead over the six-times African champions. Mohammed Aboutraika clawed one back for the visitors with three minutes to go, but it was nowhere near enough.