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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 November, 2003, 12:46 GMT
Algeria thrash Niger
Algeria's win meant Niger will not have competitive football until 2007
Algeria thrashed Niger 6-0 - 7-0 on aggregate - in the second leg of preliminary qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.

The Algerians showed little mercy to their southern neighbours, with Mansour Boutabout helping himself to a hat-trick.

Abdelmalek Cherrad started the rout on the 16th minute, and followed it up with another just six minutes later.

Niger never really looked like they could recover from two such early setbacks, and they were dealt a further blow just before half time when Boutabout got his first.

There was no respite for the Nigeriens after the break either - Mamer Mamouni put the Desert Warriors 4-0 up on 47 minutes.

Boutabout got his second on 71 minutes, and wrapped up his hat-trick with eight minutes to go.

Meanwhile Mali had to fight for their 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau, and the result was far from as comfortable as the 4-1 aggregate scoreline suggests.

Although Soumaila Coulibaly put Mali ahead on 15 minutes, Guinea Bissau were highly tenacious and kept at them in a frenetic encounter.

A highly-disputed penalty on 82 minutes, converted by Djibril Sidibe, wrapped up the match, but was the source of great protest by the Bissau players.

In the other game played that night, surprise Nations Cup qualifiers Zimbabwe survived a scare as they lost to Mauritania 2-1.

However, their 3-0 victory from the first leg was enough to see them through 4-2 on aggregate.


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