- Nigeria increased their lead in Group B, while Algeria practically eliminated
- Morocco crushed Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire won comfortably in Gabon
- Tunisia emerged victorious from Group A clash with Congo DR
Group A: Tunisia 2-1 Congo DR, Guinea 3-2 Libya
Group B: Nigeria 4-0 Cameroon, Zambia 3-1 Algeria
Group C: Morocco 6-0 Mali, Gabon 0-3 Côte d’Ivoire
Group D: Senegal 0-0 Burkina Faso, Cape Verde 2-1 South Africa
Group E: Uganda 1-0 Egypt, Ghana 1-1 Congo
Match of the weekend
Nigeria 4-0 Cameroon
Nigeria have not sealed their place at Russia 2018 just yet, but their resounding victory over Cameroon certainly brought that target within touching distance. Now five points clear of Zambia at the summit of Group A, the Super Eagles put in a stylish performance, scoring four times and dominating from start to finish.
Their big-name players, such as Jon Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho, all took responsibility by finding the net, but it was Odion Ighalo who set the tone by breaking the deadlock on the half-hour mark. The Indomitable Lions will need to quickly regain the form that saw them land a fifth CAF Africa Cup of Nations crown in February if they wish to maintain their dwindling hopes of travelling to Russia in nine months’ time.
Group A: Tunisia earned three precious points at home to second-placed Congo DR (2-1), Ghilane Chalali notching the winner just after the break. Guinea finally picked up their first win of the campaign, Alkhaly Bangoura securing a last-gasp 3-2 success over Libya, after Naby Keita had opened the scoring in the seventh minute.
1 – In beating Mali 6-0, Morocco pocketed three points for the first time in the group stage, having drawn their two previous matches. The Atlas Lions also finally brought an undesirable run to an end in Rabat: Hakim Ziyech’s penalty was their first goal in World Cup qualifying for 313 minutes. The North Africans then proceeded to get on the scoresheet five more times in the 70 minutes that followed.
All of the encounters played on Matchday 3 will be reversed on Matchday 4, which is scheduled for 4 and 5 September. Duels to look forward to include:
* Cameroon-Nigeria: Can the Indomitable Lions bounce back, or will the Nigerians do enough to bag a berth at Russia 2018?
* Congo DR-Tunisia: Will Les Léopards draw level with Tunisia at the top of the section, or will the Carthage Eagles take another significant step towards the World Cup?
* Egypt-Uganda: The Pharaohs have not appeared at the World Cup finals since 1990, while surprise package Uganda have never performed on football’s greatest stage. Can the Cranes pull off another shock and break Egyptian hearts?