USA's Comeback and Algeria's Historic Achievement!
USA did what no other team has accomplished in the World Cup since Ivory Coast against Serbia-Montenegro in 2006: coming back from 2 goals down as they drew against Slovenia. But it should have been a win, right? Still a bit puzzled why Edu's last goal was ruled out. At halftime, no much looked in USA's favor after two very nice goals from Slovenia, but it was a different United States that entered the pitch in the second half. A US that went for goals, played really well and showed admirable team spirit. A draw might have been fair over 90-minutes because Slovenia, with just above 2 million citizens and one World Cup appearance (2002 ending in 3 defeats), has really proved themselves a worthy challenger.
Another worthy challenger is our beloved heroes from Algeria.
The Desert Foxes faced a hungry and revenge-keen England. The self-proclaimed contender of the title was just going to crush Algeria – with as many goals as possible to get greater advantage in the knockout rounds. With an England that had never lost against an African team in the World Cup, while Algeria had never kept a clean sheet in a World Cup game, the set up certainly didn’t look in Algeria’s favor.
Today one of those records was broken as Algeria and England drew 0-0, but the Desert Foxes certainly don't have anything to apologize for. They did what Karim Matmour said before the game, “We’re going for a win. We have nothing to lose”, and with that - they are still in it.