Algeria back on track

Algeria needed to bounce back from last week's 1-0 defeat in Senegal, and they did so in style, sweeping Liberia aside in a 3-0 win that sent the Fennecs' fans home happy.

Rabah Saadane's side wasted no time in taking the game to the visiting Liberians in a packed Mustapha-Tchaker stadium in Blida. Rafik Djebbour opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour on the clock, before Olympique de Marseille playmaker Karim Ziani made the game safe with a brace on 20 and 47 minutes.

The win restores Algerian confidence prior to their trip to Banjul on Saturday 14 June, where they face a tough test against Gambia. As things stand, the Algerians top their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying group on goal difference (+2, compared to Senegal's +1), but with one more game played. Algeria will now be looking to gain maximum points for the rest of this second qualifying round.

Things are looking more complicated for Liberia, however. Having garnered just one point in two games, the odds must be stacked against them securing safe passage through to the next round of qualifying.