Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Algeria cracks in Egypt rematch [VIDEO]
by Paul Kennedy, January 29th, 2010 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  african nations cup, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS] Revenge was sweet for Egypt, which crushed Algeria, 4-0, in the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Benguela and kept its bid alive for a third straight African championship. Algeria finished with eight players when Rafik Halliche, Nader Belhadj and goalie Faouzi Chaouchi were ejected in separate incidents, and afterwards the Algeria coach, Rabah Saadane, blamed the loss on a plan to get the Desert Foxes.

Egypt-Algeria Highlights:


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak saluted the Pharaohs' "remarkable performance" that came two months after their loss to Algeria in a playoff game knocked them out of the 2010 World Cup and touched off rioting in Cairo.

Halliche's second yellow came on a foul that resulted in a penalty converted by Hosni Abd Rabou in the 39th minute.

Mohamed Zidan added to Egypt's lead in the 65th minute, and substitutes Mohamed Abdelshafi and Mohamed Nagui contributed late goals.

Belhadj's straight red card for a two-footed challenge could keep him out of the opening game of the World Cup against Slovenia on June 13.

Chaouchi also made an early exit for a second yellow card, though he could have been sent off for his vehement protest of the first-half penalty.

Beforehand, Zidan said the game meant everything to the Egyptians.

"It is a matter of life and death," he said. "It is like a war for both teams, and for us it is a chance to show that we are the better team and deserve to be at the World Cup."

The win extended Egypt's unbeaten streak in the Africa Cup of Nations to a record 18 games.

Afterward, Saadane preferred to look ahead to the World Cup.

"This is a young team," he said. "Experience here will prepare us very well for the World Cup."

Saadane blamed the loss on Benin referee Koffi Codjia.

"The referee decided the outcome," he said. "There was a plan against us when he gave our best defender [Halliche] a red card for what was not a penalty. And when we had to play with three men down, it was impossible to come back against a team like Egypt, who play the ball around very well."


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"When some speak and others are silenced, democracy and football lose." -- FIFA presidential candidate Luis ...
What They're Saying: Joey Saputo    
"You can't go in with the attitude that we have no chance. We're here. We didn't ...
What They're Saying: Adrian Heath    
"We went on preseason to Charleston and we hired a few vans to transport everyone around. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives