Algeria vs Zimbabwe: Stalemate as Warriors cancel out Mahrez’s brace

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Algeria's forward Riyad Mahrez (back) celebrates with Algeria's midfielder Nabil Bentaleb after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017. 
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Algeria’s forward Riyad Mahrez (back) celebrates with Algeria’s midfielder Nabil Bentaleb after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017.
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Algeria's forward Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates with Algeria's midfielder Yacine Brahimi (R) and Algeria's forward Islam Slimani after scoring a second goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017. 
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Algeria’s forward Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates with Algeria’s midfielder Yacine Brahimi (R) and Algeria’s forward Islam Slimani after scoring a second goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017.
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Football fans cheer during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017. 
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Football fans cheer during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017.
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Zimbabwe's forward Nyasha Mushweki (R) advances with the ball past Algeria's defender Rami Bensebaini and Algeria's midfielder Adlene Guedioura (C) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017. 
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Zimbabwe’s forward Nyasha Mushweki (R) advances with the ball past Algeria’s defender Rami Bensebaini and Algeria’s midfielder Adlene Guedioura (C) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville on January 15, 2017.
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Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday.

Newly-crowed African player of the year Mahrez gave Algeria an early lead in the Group B match but Kudakwashe Mahachi quickly equalised and a penalty before the half-hour mark scored by Nyasha Mushekwi had the Warriors in front.

In an action-filled encounter Zimbabwe — whose build-up to the finals was overshadowed by a row over bonuses — were just eight minutes away from claiming a famous victory before Mahrez struck again to secure a share of the spoils.

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