Algeria subdue Uruguay

ALGIERS - Algeria continued their impressive form by beating Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly on Wednesday, with Rafik Djebbour scoring the winning goal in the second half.

ALGIERS - Algeria continued their impressive form by beating Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly on Wednesday, with Rafik Djebbour scoring the winning goal in the second half.

Algeria contained Uruguay's attacks well in Algiers, and won the match when AEK striker Djebbour pounced in the 79th minute.

Djebbour scored seven league goals in 19 games for the Greek club last season. Coach Rabah Saadane's Algeria team is well on course to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986, and leads its qualifying group with seven points from three matches before facing Zambia next month.

Algeria have strengthened their squad with the arrival of Lazio midfielder Mourad Meghni, who has chosen Algeria over France despite playing for Les Bleus at under-21 level.

Wednesday's loss will do little to lift the sprits of Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, who is under pressure ahead of next month's South American qualifier against Peru in Lima. Uruguay are in sixth place, four points behind fourth-place Argentina, with the top four teams qualifying automatically. - Sapa-AP

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