Algerian fans in French city protest Egypt defeat

Youths in the southern French city of Marseille have clashed with police and smashed windows after Algeria lost to Egypt 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

Algerian fans in French city protest Egypt defeat

Youths in the southern French city of Marseille have clashed with police and smashed windows after Algeria lost to Egypt 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

The Marseille police headquarters says eight people were taken into custody, mostly for throwing projectiles at officers. Nobody was hurt in the clashes. Police say 500 officers were mobilized.

Police said they had made eight arrests, mostly for throwing objects, while one man was arrested for setting fire to a rubbish bin.

In Marseille, home to many Algeria supporters, at least six boats were damaged and two were sunk when a fire was sparked by a smoke bomb of the kind seen frequently in French football stadiums.

Egypt has beaten Algeria, setting up a World Cup play-off with their bitter rivals after a tense encounter just days after a violent attack on the visiting team's bus.

Emad Moteab scored five minutes into stoppage time to earn Egypt a 2-0 victory on Saturday that led to wild celebrations at the final whistle that soon spilled onto the streets of Cairo, the Egyptian capital.

The result left the North African neighbours level on points and goal difference at the top of Group C, so they will meet again next Wednesday in Sudan to decide which country goes to South Africa.

The build-up to the match had been marred by hostility between supporters, including stones being thrown at the Algerian team bus as it drove from Cairo airport to their hotel and Internet and media wars of words.


Agencies

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