Posted: Thursday January 24, 2013 1:12 PM

Algerians say only win can keep team alive in Cup

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RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) -Algeria knows that anything but a victory against Togo will virtually end the team's hopes of advancing past the first stage at the African Cup of Nations.

Algeria entered the tournament as the second-best ranked team and was considered an outside contender for the title. But a last-minute defeat to Tunisia in the opener left the North Africans needing a victory to remain with a real chance of moving through to the next round.

A draw will not eliminate the team, but its last match in difficult Group D will be against Ivory Coast, Africa's top-ranked squad. Led by Yaya Toure and Gervinho, the Ivorians beat Togo 2-1 in its opener.

A loss on Saturday in Rustenburg would almost certainly spell elimination for Algeria, which won its only African title in 1990.

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