Faouzi Ghoulam scored a late goal that helped Algeria snatch a vital 3-3 away draw against Ethiopia in one of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
The defender who stars for Italian Serie A side Napoli, converted a penalty with five minutes remaining to rescue the Deserts Warriors from conceding their first defeat in the qualifiers.
Getaneh Kebede gave the hosts the lead in the 29th minute but Algeria’s in-form striker Islam Slimani netted the equaliser two minutes before the break.
Kebede scored again to make it 2-1 in the 50th minute but Aissa Mandi restored parity 12 minutes later.
Ethiopia’s forward Dawit Fikadu responded quickly after scoring the third goal for the hosts on 62 minutes, but Ghoulam’s late spot kick gave Algeria precious point.
Algeria, who hammered Ethiopia 7-1 on Friday, kept their position on top of Group J with 10 points, five ahead of second-placed Ethiopia.
Earlier in the day, Lesotho defeated Seychelles 2-1 in the same group.
In Group H, Rwanda outclassed Mauritius 5-0 to move second with six points, four behind leaders Ghana.