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WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« on: June 23, 2010, 06:01:23 AM »
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The crucial Group C game between USA and Algeria will have the majority of football fans in North Africa and the Middle East glued to their television screens, in the hope that Les Fennecs, the sole Arab nation represented at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, can upset the odds and qualify for the Round of 16.

Arab supporters will certainly wish to avoid the same disappointment they experienced at the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, when African champions Egypt were knocked out by the Americans in the last game of the group stage. Following that victory, USA surprised many by going on to reach the final of the event, where they lost 3-2 to Brazil.

The match
USA- Algeria, Group C, Tshwane/Pretoria, Wednesday 23 June, 16.00 (local time)

Algeria go into their third and final group match buoyed by the unexpected point taken against England, a result which kept the north Africans in the hunt following their opening defeat by Slovenia. Coach Rabah Saadane’s principal concern remains his side’s fragile finishing ability. The only team in the group to have not yet found the net, statistical analysis of Algeria’s first two matches reveals a sum total of three shots on target, clearly inadequate at this level.

USA, on the other hand, have the capacity to come forward in numbers, with the dangerous Jozy Altidore ably supported from midfield by the likes of Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. This attacking mindset has helped them to twice come from behind to snatch draws in the tournament, first against England, then versus Slovenia. They currently occupy second place in this tightest of pools, with two points to show for their efforts. Compared to their upcoming opponents, USA have managed to hit the target ten times so far.

Both teams know that they will need to throw caution to the wind to secure a first win. A victory for Bob Bradley’s men would automatically see them through to the Round of 16, while the Desert Foxes not only need to collect three points, but must also hope for an English defeat in order to qualify. In other words, it is win or bust for Algeria.

Players to watch
Jozy Altidore versus Rais M’Bolhi

Whatever happens against the Stars and Stripes, Saadane will at least be able to take satisfaction from having unearthed a capable goalkeeper at this FIFA World Cup. Rais M’Bolhi, brought in ahead of Algeria’s second match for his debut in the tournament, was impressive against England, defending his line in commanding fashion.

The young keeper is sure to be kept busy by a sprightly USA attack led by Altidore. Desperate to open his account at South Africa 2010, the American appears on the verge of rediscovering the excellent form he demonstrated at last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, during which he scored the opening goal of his country’s surprise victory over European champions Spain.

The stat
0 - The number of goals scored by Algeria thus far in the competition.

What they said
“The Algerians have put a good team together. Their displays at the African Nations Cup were consistently strong. They haven’t come up with the same kind of results here, but they still have a chance to progress. The fact that they qualified from the African Zone at the expense of sides like Egypt shows that they are not to be taken lightly. We’ve watched videos of their games and we know a lot more about their players now. They’re very fit and possess great tactical awareness. That’s why we’re expecting a difficult match,” Michael Bradley, USA midfielder.

“It’s going to be a tricky match, in my opinion. The Americans were one of the teams fancied to qualify from this group. We simply don’t have a choice; a win is imperative. I can see it being a very tough game for both sides,” Rabah Saadane, Algeria coach.

Voice of the fans
“We’re hoping for a win, as even the top teams lose the odd game. What’s important is that we get to see some great football,” FIFA.com user Kao021 (Algeria).

The question
Will Les Fennecs be able to hit the back of the net for the first time at this FIFA World Cup against USA, and perhaps secure three points in the process? Is yet another spectacular comeback on the cards from Donovan and Co?
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 07:21:06 AM »
Tough game for the US, but Sam's boys does play with the right attitude. USA!

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010, 07:31:28 AM »
hhhhhmmmm let's see........Algeria from Africa and the opposing team is the US.....oh dear, oh dear what a predicament, who to cheer for??....hhhhmmmm :thinking: :thinking:  :devil:  ;D
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010, 07:45:07 AM »
The U.S. should win this one if they play their game. 

Algeria can frustrate them if they get into a passing rhythm but in watching their games I can't see where the goal scoring threat can come from. 
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 07:46:39 AM »
hhhhhmmmm let's see........Algeria from Africa and the opposing team is the US.....oh dear, oh dear what a predicament, who to cheer for??....hhhhmmmm :thinking: :thinking:  :devil:  ;D

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010, 07:48:18 AM »
The U.S. should win this one if they play their game. 

Algeria can frustrate them if they get into a passing rhythm but in watching their games I can't see where the goal scoring threat can come from. 

on the break and maybe the outside backs don't count them out in this game
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010, 07:55:44 AM »
I can't see the US losing this. SHould be a nice game because Algeria finally have to come out and play.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2010, 08:07:10 AM »
This game start off hot and sweaty
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2010, 08:16:17 AM »
Bill Clinton chilling with Sepp Blatter.... I ent seeing Jack
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010, 08:21:36 AM »
come on algeria.
soon ah go b ah lean mean bulling machine.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010, 08:25:16 AM »
boo hoo.....is offside.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010, 08:25:41 AM »
come on algeria.

capo when ah look at yuh avatar d irony of dem statements does make mih :rotfl:
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2010, 08:29:28 AM »
come on algeria.

capo when ah look at yuh avatar d irony of dem statements does make mih :rotfl:
ah go change it to de hammer and sickle.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2010, 08:36:03 AM »
Bill Clinton chilling with Sepp Blatter.... I ent seeing Jack

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2010, 08:36:52 AM »
usa ketchin they ass hahahah
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2010, 08:37:10 AM »
Was the goal offside?
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2010, 08:38:55 AM »
Was the goal offside?


Very close, but you can't blame the lines man for that one....

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2010, 08:52:05 AM »
Was the goal offside?


Very close, but you can't blame the lines man for that one....

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2010, 08:54:22 AM »
Well offside goal or not, the USA should be 1-0 up anyway after Altidore missed the open net by kicking the ball overbar.

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2010, 08:58:27 AM »
Hahaha....Clinton in the stands with Blatter on one side and some guy on the other. Goal score and immediately disallowed. Bill look...say goal score?..and start to clap....Sepp trying to tell him no goal, Bill jump up and start to applaud with he mouth gaping open. Sepp avert he eyes in embarassment. De next man watching Bill with 2 big eye. Dey cut de video....I laugh... :D
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2010, 09:14:58 AM »
Hahaha....Clinton in the stands with Blatter on one side and some guy on the other. Goal score and immediately disallowed. Bill look...say goal score?..and start to clap....Sepp trying to tell him no goal, Bill jump up and start to applaud with he mouth gaping open. Sepp avert he eyes in embarassment. De next man watching Bill with 2 big eye. Dey cut de video....I laugh... :D

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2010, 09:15:29 AM »
Has USA become the new Nigeria?

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2010, 09:25:50 AM »
good goalkeepin by algeria
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #23 on: June 23, 2010, 09:31:22 AM »
USA Cyar buy ah goal boy. Algeria either. This game about to become even more wide open....
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« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2010, 09:32:40 AM »
dis game is exciting lol

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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2010, 09:36:49 AM »
i doh trust USA atall. you know them love them last minute goal for dramatic endings. Come'on Algeria

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« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2010, 09:37:57 AM »
What a dive by Dempsey.
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« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2010, 09:40:47 AM »
John Harkes all but crying on the TV.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2010, 09:42:14 AM »
dem yankee supporters lookin disheartened........f**k allyuh.
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Re: WC 2010 - Match 38 - Group C: USA vs Algeria
« Reply #29 on: June 23, 2010, 09:42:36 AM »
i doh trust USA atall. you know them love them last minute goal for dramatic endings. Come'on Algeria

because if is one ting ... dey does never give up... no matter what
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