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Sunday, 13th June 2010
The Koren Moment

Group C Match

Algeria vs Slovenia
in Polokwane

Both teams reached the 2010 World Cup finals through a play-off: Algeria beating Egypt and Slovenia getting the better of Russia.

Within three minutes, Algeria's Nadir Belhadj made his presence known with a free-kick that stung the palms of Samir Handanovic.

Other than that, considering one of these teams had the chance to go top of Group C neither showed the authority or imagination to do so.

Rafik Halliche's header, from a corner, was the only other real goalmouth incident of the first-half.

Slovenia didn't even earn a corner, until five minutes before the break. Valter Birsa then earned another, a couple of minutes later; Faouzi Chaouchi made the save look spectacular but the shot, although high, was straight at him.

Half-time: 0:0

Slovenia showed a little more conviction going forward early in the second-half; Matjaž Kek then deciding that perhaps things would work better with Zlatan Ljubijankic up front instead of Zlatko Dedic.

Twenty minutes before the end, Algeria tried to put their mark on the game; substitute Abdelkader Ghezzal twice getting close - but still not close enough.

As Ghezzal stupidly earned a yellow card for shirt-pulling, shortly after coming on, a deliberate hand-ball in the Slovakia area in the 73rd minute reduced Algeria to ten men.

Just when it seemed like Slovenia didn't have a clue how to make the best of their man advantage, Robert Koren turned on the edge of the Algeria penalty area and his low shot bounced over the open-to-collect arms of Faouzi Chaouchi.

Slovenia probably didn't deserve to win the match but the uninspiring victory does put them top of the table.

Final Score:
Algeria 0 Slovenia 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
0:1 Robert Koren (Slovenia)

Man of The Match:
Robert Koren - for breaking the boredom.

Teams

Travel to Algeria Algeria:
16 Faouzi Chaouchi; 3 Nadir Belhadj, 5 Rafik Halliche, 2 Madjid Bougherra, 4 Antar Yahia; 19 Hassan Yebda, 15 Karim Ziani, 8 Medhi Lacen, 21 Foued Kadir; 11 Rafik Djebbour, 13 Karim Matmour.

Travel to Slovenia Slovenia:
1 Samir Handanovic; 13 Bojan Jokic, 5 Bostjan Cesar, 4 Marko Suler, 2 Miso Brecko; 17 Andraz Kirm, 18 Aleksandar Radosavljevic, 8 Robert Koren, 10 Valter Birsa; 14 Zlatko Dedic, 11 Milivoje Novakovic.

Referee:
Carlos Batres (Guatemala)

Substitutions Substitutions:
53 Mins (Slovenia) - 9 Zlatan Ljubijankic on for 14 Zlatko Dedic
58 Mins (Algeria) - 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal on for 11 Rafik Djebbour
80 Mins (Algeria) - 10 Rafik Saifi on for 13 Karim Matmour
82 Mins (Algeria) - 17 Adlène Guédioura on for 21 Foued Kadir
84 Mins (Slovenia) - 7 Nejc Pecnik on for 10 Valter Birsa
87 Mins (Slovenia) - 20 Andrej Komac on for 18 Aleksandar Radosavljevic

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
35 Mins - Aleksandar Radosavljevic (Slovenia)
59 Mins - Abdelkader Ghezzal (Algeria)
73 Mins - Abdelkader Ghezzal (Algeria)
93 Mins - Andrej Komac (Slovenia)
95 Mins - Hassan Yebda (Algeria)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
73 Mins - Abdelkader Ghezzal (Algeria)

Previous Encounters:
This is the first time Algeria meet Slovenia.

Algeria are making their third appearance in the World Cup Finals while Slovenia (once a part of Yugoslavia) make their second.

In 1976, Yugoslavia beat Algeria (2:1) in Algiers.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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