Howler costs Desert Foxes

[SLOVENIA-ALGERIA REPORT CARD] After England's Robert Green, it was Algeria's Faouzi Chaouchi's turn to give up a howler. At least Green, got his body in front of Clint Dempsey's shot. Chaouchi failed to get his hands on Robert Koren's shot to the far post, allowing Slovenia to take first place in Group C with a 1-0 win ob Sunday. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy grades the two teams ...

The irony, of course, was that Chaouchi was originally supposed to be suspended for the game for head-butting a referee at the African Cup of Nations, but his suspension and that of teammate Nadir Belhadji were limited by FIFA on the eve of the World Cup.

GROUP C
June 13 in Pretoria

Algeria
RATING/PLAYER (TEAM)
STARTERS:
2 Faouzi Chaouchi (ES Setif)
6 Majid Bougherra (Rangers)
5 Rafik Halliche (Nacional)
5 Antar Yahia (Bochum)
6 Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth)
5 Karim Matmour (Borussia M'Gladbach)
5 Hassan Yebda (Portsmouth)
5 Medhi Lacen (Racing Santander)
6 Karim Ziani (Lazio)
4 Fouad Kadir (Valenciennes)
4 Rafik Djebbour (AEK Athens)
SUBS:
3 Abdelkader Ghezzal (Siena)
NR Adlane Guedioura (Wolves)
NR Rafik Saifi (Istres)

Slovenia
RATING/PLAYER (TEAM)
STARTERS:
5 Samir Handanovic (Udinese)
5 Miso Brecko (FC Cologne)
5 Marko Suler (Gent)
6 Bostjan Cesar (Grenoble)
5 Bojan Jokic (Chievo Verona)
5 Valter Birsa (Auxerre)
6 Robert Koren (no club)
5 Aleksandar Radosavljevic (Larissa)
5 Andraz Kirm (Wisla Krakow)
4 Zlatko Dedic (Bochum)
5 Milivoje Novakovic (FC Cologne)
SUBS:
5 Zlatan Ljubijankic (Bochum)
NR Nejc Pecnik (Nacional)
NR Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

 

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