Toure brothers lift Côte d’Ivoire
Brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure of Manchester City scored Sunday as Côte d’Ivoire snatched a 2-1 home win over Burundi to finish with the only perfect record in 2012 CAF African Cup of Nations qualifying.
It was left to Yaya Toure to earn the 1992 Cup of Nations champions a sixth victory in six Group H matches with a goal three minutes into stoppage time.
Rwanda, whose Ghana-born coach Sellas Tettah quit last month after securing just one win from five qualifiers, climbed two places to second on the final table with a surprise 1-0 away win over Benin in Porto Novo courtesy of a sixth-minute Mere Kagere goal.
Group E table-toppers Senegal could not quite match the maximum 18-point haul of Ivory Coast, finishing with 16 after scoring a couple of early goals to triumph 2-0 in Mauritius and inflict a humiliating sixth loss on the trot for the Indian Ocean islanders.
Dame N'Doye scored from a free-kick on nine minutes and after Mauritian Stephane Badul was red-carded for fouling the Denmark-based striker, Papiss Cisse added a second goal midway through the opening half.
Taarabt drilled a free-kick into the net midway through the second half to put Morocco ahead a second time and M'bark Boussoufa added a third in the final minute. Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh opened the scoring and Aggrey Morris levelled before half-time.
Algeria, meanwhile, defeated Central African Republic 2-0 in the other Group D game, but were nonetheless eliminated from contention along with their opponents. Sudan, as expected, completed the line-up by securing the second best runners-up place.
Hassan Yebda and Foued Kadir scored for Algeria, who join Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa as 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers who failed to make the cut for the biennial showcase of African football.