Riveting. Exhilarating. Pulsating. Words, uh, you wouldn’t use to describe Slovenia’s 1-0 win over 10-man Algeria in Group C.
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Still, tiny Slovenia won’t care one bit after securing its first ever World Cup victory and going top in the group, ahead of England and the U.S. The Slovenians won thanks to a second goalkeeping howler in as many days, with Faouzi Chaouchi allowing Robert Koren’s tame shot to get past him in the 79th minute. It wasn’t as bad as Robert Green’s howler against the U.S. on Saturday, but Algeria won’t feel any better.
Given the U.S.’s tie with England, both teams knew a win would send them top. Instead of coming out of the blocks quick, neither team went on the offensive. Chaouchi made a decent save look more than it was in the first half when he stopped Valter Birsa, while Samir Handanovic pushed aside Nadir Belhadj’s free kick. Koren’s goal came after Algerian forward Abdelkadir Ghezzal was dismissed for two yellows, the second a stupid hand ball.
Still no mistakes from the refs at this World Cup.
So, Slovenia versus the U.S. becomes hugely important for the latter later this week. If England doesn’t beat Algeria by more than two goals, oh boy.
Slovenia 1 (Koren 79)