Côte d'Ivoire beat Senegal 3-1 and Aristide Bance missed a first-half penalty but converted one in the second half to give Burkina Faso a 3-2 victory over Algeria in the first-legs of their FIFA World Cup™ play-offs.
With a 0-0 draw looking almost a certainty, Tunisia stunned northern neighbours Algeria with a fine stoppage-time goal from Youssef Msakni to see them move joint-top of Group D.
Rais M’Bolhi was a surprise inclusion in Algeria’s squad for last year’s FIFA World Cup. After two excellent performances in South Africa, however, the now Krylia Sovetov keeper’s career has really taken off.
Germany captain Philipp Lahm rocketed up to to third but Chile duo Gary Medel and Waldo Ponce held on to top spot in a Castrol Index dominated by defenders.
Having fallen at the first hurdle of South Africa 2010, Les Fennecs can at least console themselves with the discovery of a fine young custodian.
Day 8 was one to forget for two of the Europe's powerhouses as Germany lost and England drew while slow-starting USA staged a memorable fightback.