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USA Slovenia FIFA World Cup Action

USA Slovenia FIFA World Cup Action

The anticipated match up between the USA and Slovenia, though thrilling, ended in a 2:2 draw today. For anyone who thinks soccer is a pansy sport, you should’ve been watching this game! Slovenia was handed 4 yellow cards, and deserved each and every one. For such a small, peaceful country, they certainly know how to throw some punches. They had to make their mark on the International stage somehow (Voichich who?.).

With today’s draw, the US ranks 14, and Slovenia steps up to 25. They’re creeping up on us fellas!! The game wasn’t a slow, back and forth battle like we may be used to seeing at this level. The US was actually down 2 0 at one point, clawing to get back to a tie. Thanks to 2 veteran leaders on the squad, Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, who scored a goal a piece in the second half, the US was able to bring the game back into their hands.

But the excitement doesn’t end there! Oh no! With only minutes left in the game, the US scores a goal by penalty shot that was taken back by the umpire!!! In one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen this is where the replay feature in American Football comes in incredibly handy!

Who won in the match between the USA and Algeria at the FIFA world cup

Who won in the match between the USA and Algeria at the FIFA world cup

49 min: Mbolhi comes to claim a hopeful American ball into the box. “As frustrating as these disallowed goals have been for a true US football fan, the call in the Slovenia game has been all the talk in the US, where it’s well known the public couldn’t care less about football,” reports Chris Roberts. “Of course there has been little or no mention of the poor first half we put in, which led to a situation where we needed 3 goals to win anyway. In absence of a decent team, nothing seems to unite Americans and draw their attention to the sport like perceived injustice against our ‘brave Americans brethren.’ If this scoreline stands, I am sure the blaring misses will be unnoticed by the general public, who will instead be abuzz over that disallowed goal. Or maybe that’s just the vuvuzelas affecting my thought.”

FIFA World Cup 2010 Watch United States (US) vs Algeria Live Stream. With the pressure on them to win, the United States team will play Algeria in a match that will determine their futures in this tournament. This intense match will start at 16:00 local time and will be held in Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa.

The US team holds the 2nd place in Group C right after Slovenia but it is a spot still up for grabs. Lose and they will surely not advance to the knockout stage. Win and their hopes will be kept alive with either a top spot or retention of their current second spot in Group C.

Algeria on the other hand is at the bottom of the group. Low expectations are on them but doesn’t mean they no longer have hope. If they do win this and Slovenia draws with England, then they will take the 2nd spot in Group C which will be history for their team that has never advanced to the next round.

What Is Happening To The Big Teams At 2010 FIFA World Cup

What Is Happening To The Big Teams At 2010 FIFA World Cup

The performance of the big teams at South Africa 2010 has been less than impressive in their group matches. There was a lot of hype on the media about what to expect from them, months before the commencement of the tournament.

Now that they are all there in South Africa , they are giving a lot of people high blood pressure, because of their lacklustre performances. Only three of the big teams ( Brazil , Argentina and the Netherlands ) have had 100% wins in their first two games so far.

Brazil won their opening match against Korea DPR by 2 1 and defeated Cote D’Ivoire 3 1 in their second match. Argentina defeated highly rated Nigeria by a lone goal in their opener, and then went ahead to beat South Africa 4 1 in their next match. They completed the group matches with a 2 0 win over Greece , to maintain a 100% wins. The Netherlands trounced highly rated Denmark 2 0 in their first match, and also defeated hard fighting Japan 1 0 in their next match.

Four times champions and defending champions, Italy could only manage a 1 1 draw against Paraguay in their opener, and played another 1 1 draw against the groups Underdogs New Zealand. Three time champions, Germany , walloped Australia 4 0 in their opening match and then lost 0 1 to unknown Serbia in their second match. 1966 champions, England , played a 1 1 draw against USA in their first match, and another 0 0 draw against Algeria in their next game. They were however lucky to triumph by a lone goal over Slovenia in their last match, courtesy of Jermain Defoe. The host and winners of the 1998 edition, France , played out 0 0 draw against two time winner, Uruguay in their opening, but they lost their second game 0 2 to their North American opponents, Mexico in their next match, and then lost the last by 1 2 to the host, South Africa .

Highly rated Nigeria lost 0 1 to two time champions, Argentina in their opening game; and surprisingly lost their second game 1 2 to second time participants, Greece which has never won any world cup match before. They only managed a 2 2 draw against South Korea in their last game. Cameroon playing with three time African footballer of the year, Samuel Eto’o, lost by 0 1 to Japan in their first match, and also by 1 2 to Denmark in their next match to become the first African country to be knocked out in the first round of this year’s tournament. Cote D’Ivoire with current African footballer of the year Didier Drogba, managed a 0 0 draw against Portugal in their opener, but lost 1 3 to favorites Brazil in their next match.

Algeria lost their opening game 0 1 against little known Slovenia and played out a 0 0 draw against England . They finally crashed out after losing 0 1 against USA in their last match. Portugal played a goalless draw against Cote D’Ivoire in their first game; they eventually tried to redeem their name by beating Korea DPR 7 0 in their next match, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring only once.

So what has happened to the big teams and great names like Miroslav Klose, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Frank Lampard, Obafemi Martins, Yakubu Aiyegbemi, Osaze Odewingie, Didier Drogba, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Samuel Eto’o, Steven Pienaar, Fabia Canavalro, Camoranesi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco etc.

France , Cameroon , Nigeria , South Africa , Algeria , Greece and Slovenia have all crashed out in the group stages. We hope the rest teams would be able to give a better account of themselves as they seek to qualify for the round of 16. so far only Argentina , South Korea , Uruguay , Mexico , England and USA have qualified for the round of 16.