The Algerian national team swept its Mauritanian guest 4-1 on Thursday, and the “greens” wore scarves in the colors of the Algerian and Palestinian flags before the start of the friendly match, which witnessed a unique incident that occurred for the first time.
The players of the Algerian football team expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian cause, after the recent Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, by placing scarves (keffiyeh) in the colors of the Algerian and Palestinian flags on their necks before the start of the match that took place at the Mustafa Chaker Stadium in the Algerian city of Blida.
Algeria advanced in the 41st minute through Sofiane Feghouli, before Sidi Yacoub equalized for Mauritania in the 56th minute.
Feghouli scored the second goal for himself and his team in the 59th minute, before Adam Ounass scored the third goal in the 61st minute, then Baghdad Bounedjah ended his team’s quartet in the 71st minute.
The Algerian national team and its Mauritanian counterpart are preparing for the African Nations Cup, to be held in Cameroon early next year, and both will participate in the African qualifiers for the World Cup, which begins in late August.
Algeria, the 2019 African Nations Cup holders, is in Group A in the qualifiers, along with Djibouti, Burkina Faso and Niger, while Mauritania is in Group B along with Tunisia, Zambia and Equatorial Guinea.
It is noteworthy that the Algerian national team will face its guest, Mali, next Sunday, and then its host, Tunisia, on June 11, in a friendly.
Many of the Algerian national team players, most notably Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City star, and Ismail bin Nasser, AC Milan player, had previously expressed their solidarity with the Palestinians after the repeated attacks they were subjected to from the Israeli side.