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Algeria too strong for Armenia

Algeria produced an impressive first-half performance en route to a 3-1 win over Armenia in a World Cup warm-up game in Sion, Switzerland.

Essaid Belkalem, Nabil Ghilas and Islam Slimani all scored in the first half for Algeria before Armenia replied early in the second half through Artur Sarkisov.

Defender Belkalem, who spent last season on loan at Watford, gave Algeria a 13th minute lead when he scored from close range following a corner.

Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez marked his Algeria debut by creating the second goal on 22 minutes when he supplied Ghilas with the chance to thump home a shot.

Slimani, who had missed two earlier chances, increased Algeria's lead further three minutes before the interval when he nodded home the rebound after Ghilas had been denied by the crossbar.

Half-time substitute Sarkisov made an immediate impact for Armenia by scoring within a minute of being introduced as he fired a low shot past Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche.

Algeria have been drawn in Group H in the World Cup in Brazil, where they will face Belgium in their opening game on June 17 before tackling South Korea and Russia.