Burkina Faso beat Algeria 3-2 off a late penalty to take a slim first-leg advantage in their decisive World Cup playoff on Saturday.
Aristide Bance scored from the spot in the 86th minute for the victory for the home team and African Cup finalist, although Algeria will be boosted by two away goals ahead of the second leg it hosts next month.
The teams are competing in one of five final playoff ties to decide Africa's five representatives at the World Cup in Brazil.
Jonathan Pitroipa pushed Burkina Faso ahead in first-half injury time. Sofiane Feghouli hit Algeria's first equalizer in the 50th. Djakaridja Kone made it 2-1 in the 65th and Carl Medjani put Algeria level for a second time four minutes later before Bance's winner.