Algeria clinched the fifth 2014 FIFA World Cup ticket available for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) zone on Tuesday after beating 2013 African Cup of Nations (AfCON) losing finalists Burkina Faso 1-0 in their playoff second-leg in Bilda to qualify on away goals rule following last month’s 3-3 draw in Ouagadougou.
Madjid Bougherra scored the all-important match-winner when the ball rebounded in off him from Bakary Kone’s attempted clearance.
The hosts later avoided a late own goal when the ball crashed back off their bar.
The North Africans, who held off their toothless markers throughout the match, succeeded in securing their fourth World Cup appearance and their second in succession.
An uneventful first-half witnessed a disallowed goal and some fringe attempts, when the Burkinabes had the ball in the net early on after the referee had blown for an earlier infringement before Islam Slimani sent a header off target despite being left unmarked in the box.
Both contenders had an almost defensive approach to the deciding fixture with just a goal separating them, but the Algerian’s were soon in the ascendancy after the break, thanks to a bit of good luck.
Kone tried to thump the ball clear after Bougherra had poked the ball towards goal but instead it hit the Algerian skipper and the ball bounced off him and into the net.
Algeria dominated the game immediately after the opener and Slimani sent a shot just wide after swiveling to find space in an attempt to increase the tally.
The visitors were later forced back into their own half as the high pressing Algerians pushed forward for a second goal.
With virtually the last action of the game, Algeria scrambled to get the ball clear from a corner and the ball smacked against the bar while Burkina Faso watched their hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 fizzle out.