Watford defender Essaid Belkalem concedes two penalties as Algeria beaten by Burkina Faso in World Cup play-off

Watford Observer: Essaid Belkalem, right, in action for Algeria. Picture: Action Images Essaid Belkalem, right, in action for Algeria. Picture: Action Images

Essaid Belkalem was on the receiving end of a very harsh penalty decision as Burkina Faso snatched a late and controversial 3-2 victory over Algeria in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Ouagadougou.

The Watford defender’s side looked to have taken the marginal upper hand on away goals ahead of next month’s second leg in Blida after coming from behind twice to make it 2-2 in yesterday’s game.

However, Burkina Faso were given the opportunity to win the match late on after Belkalem was penalised for handball, even though his arms were behind his back, he was looking away from the ball and he appeared to be just outside the penalty area when a shot was fired at him from five yards.

Following vociferous protests from the Algerian players, Aristide Bance converted the spot-kick to give his country a slender advantage in the race to reach the Brazil finals.

Belkalem is unlikely to forget the match in a hurry as he had conceded another penalty towards the end of the opening period. This also appeared to be a dubious decision because although the central defender’s challenge on Jonathan Pitropia was rash, he looked to have made contact with the ball before his opponent.

Bance had been unable to capitalise on this opportunity though, as his first spot-kick was saved but Pitropia did head home unmarked in first-half injury-time to give his side the advantage at the break.

Algeria were soon back on terms in the second half when Sofiane Feghouli scored, only for them to fall behind for a second time when Djakaridja Kone fired Burkina Faso back in front.

But the lead was to prove shortlived as Carl Medjani equalised three minutes later and that looked to be enough for Algeria to earn a draw until the officials’ late intervention.

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4:22pm Sun 13 Oct 13

watford1881 says...

Sounds very unlucky..
Sounds very unlucky.. watford1881
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6:35pm Sun 13 Oct 13

WessexLad says...

Who was the referee?
Who was the referee? WessexLad
  • Score: -2

7:22pm Sun 13 Oct 13

NewMalden'Orn says...

Who are Burkina Faso, never heard of them.
Who are Burkina Faso, never heard of them. NewMalden'Orn
  • Score: -8

7:52pm Sun 13 Oct 13

grahamwfc says...

WessexLad wrote:
Who was the referee?
Atwell by sounds of it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Who was the referee?[/p][/quote]Atwell by sounds of it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! grahamwfc
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7:45am Mon 14 Oct 13

mellow yellow says...

grahamwfc wrote:
WessexLad wrote:
Who was the referee?
Atwell by sounds of it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
....and the fourth official must have been Andy D'Urso....
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Who was the referee?[/p][/quote]Atwell by sounds of it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]....and the fourth official must have been Andy D'Urso.... mellow yellow
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7:49am Mon 14 Oct 13

demerit says...

NewMalden'Orn wrote:
Who are Burkina Faso, never heard of them.
A country in West Africa!
[quote][p][bold]NewMalden'Orn[/bold] wrote: Who are Burkina Faso, never heard of them.[/p][/quote]A country in West Africa! demerit
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7:58am Mon 14 Oct 13

endean2 says...

possibly will make him more cautious for the future games for us?
I do hope he gets an extended run in the team.
possibly will make him more cautious for the future games for us? I do hope he gets an extended run in the team. endean2
  • Score: -1

11:21am Mon 14 Oct 13

petsoundsnick says...

However, Burkina Faso were given the opportunity to win the match late on after Belkalem was penalised for handball, even though his arms were behind his back, he was looking away from the ball and he appeared to be just outside the penalty area when a shot was fired at him from five yards

So...arms behind back, looking away from the ball, ball fired at him and outside the area....

And they say match fixing or bribed referree is difficult to spot....
However, Burkina Faso were given the opportunity to win the match late on after Belkalem was penalised for handball, even though his arms were behind his back, he was looking away from the ball and he appeared to be just outside the penalty area when a shot was fired at him from five yards So...arms behind back, looking away from the ball, ball fired at him and outside the area.... And they say match fixing or bribed referree is difficult to spot.... petsoundsnick
  • Score: -2

12:08pm Mon 14 Oct 13

AngelHornet says...

Rob Styles
Rob Styles AngelHornet
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12:10pm Mon 14 Oct 13

biliki60 says...

WessexLad wrote:
Who was the referee?
a referee from Zambia, forgot his name
[quote][p][bold]WessexLad[/bold] wrote: Who was the referee?[/p][/quote]a referee from Zambia, forgot his name biliki60
  • Score: -2

1:27pm Mon 14 Oct 13

StewartScullion says...

Lets face it.Anything in Africa is subjected to abuses and distortion
Thats Africa
Lets face it.Anything in Africa is subjected to abuses and distortion Thats Africa StewartScullion
  • Score: -2

3:04pm Mon 14 Oct 13

goldanboy says...

Never have rated Janny Sikazwe. Not sure that knows what he's doing.
Never have rated Janny Sikazwe. Not sure that knows what he's doing. goldanboy
  • Score: 0

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