Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We're through to the second round!

Today's USA v. Algeria game was fascinating and exciting, and what a tremendous finish! Algeria played extremely well, the US were well fortunate to avoid early disaster when a spectacular Algerian strike met the crossbar in the 6th minute.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reminds us that Algeria are famous for being the victims, nearly 30 years ago, of an incident which changed the entire format of the World Cup. The reason today's USA v. Algeria and England v. Slovenia games were played simultaneously is explained nicely in the Guardian article. If you've never heard of this event, this brief video does a nice job of capturing the flavor; it will all make sense once you've read the article.

Bravo to the teams which advanced today, and bravo as well to Algeria and Slovenia. This was no easy group; all 4 teams played superb football throughout.

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