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Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

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Pin Algeria's Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates with Yacine Brahimi (R) and Islam Slimani. AFP
Algeria's Riyad Mahrez (C) celebrates with Yacine Brahimi (R) and Islam Slimani. AFP

Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

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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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