Burkina Faso stunned the world in the first leg against Algeria when they won 3-2 at home. So, the Greens needed to bounce back in front of their fans to clinch their World Cup berth.
They produced a solid display, as they show all the experience of their top players, and despite the fact that they only won 1-0, it was enough to advance to the World Cup, thanks to the away goals scored on the first tie between these two sides.
The only goal of the game was netted by defender Khalid Bougherra, and it was a fair result due to the solid outing produced by the hosts, who now advanced to their second straight world tournament after participating in South Africa four years ago.
A lot of the players that took part in the Algerian squad four years ago will be featured once again in Brazil next year. They have a solid core, especially in midfield where several of their players participate in some of Europe’s most important leagues.
Ishak Belfodil and Saphir Taider both play for Inter Milan, and the duo of Yacine Brahimi and Hassan Yebda do the same in Spanish outfit Granada. Mehdi Lacen is a regular in Getafe’s lineup, and the goal is protected by CSKA Sofia’s experienced shot stopper Rais M’Bolhi. The star of the team, however, is Valencia’s attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, who is the leader of this African side that will look to turn a few heads with their performance in Brazil next year both on and off the pitch.
They certainly have enough players to do something meaningful, as they’re much better equipped than four years ago.