The World Cup 2010 scores are very similar today in many ways. Both World Cup scores were 1-0 this morning, which isn’t unusual for the World Cup. But the way these 1-0 outcomes were forged were quite similar, and could make quite a difference in the long run. In both Algeria vs Slovenia, and Ghana vs Serbia, the matches could and perhaps should have ended in 0-0 ties, and one point for each team. Instead, bad mistakes made both World Cup 2010 scores this morning a 1-0 affair, which could have a major impact on Group C and D.
The action started with Algeria vs Slovenia, as neither team could get much going for the first 70 minutes. But the direction of the match changed when Algeria’s Abdelkader Ghezzal got a red card in the 73’rd minute. Ghezzal was only a substitute, yet he got two yellow cards within 14 minutes and left Algeria with only 10 men.
Slovenia took advantage soon enough, making this the second 1-0 win of the World Cup 2010 scores. But Algeria also shot themselves on this goal, as goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi was at a bad angle for Robert Koren’s shot in the 79’th minute. A bad bounce sent the ball off of Chaouchi’s shoulder, securing the Slovenian goal and victory.
Another series of mistakes settled the next World Cup 2010 score. The Ghana vs Serbia match also looked set to end at 0-0 through 70 minutes. But like Algeria vs Slovenia, a red card started to turn things around. Serbia’s Aleksander Lukovic got his own red card in the 74’th minute, and like Algeria, Serbia would then lose with only 10 men.
However, that wasn’t the mistake that doomed Serbia, as the World Cup 2010 scores now have their first penalty kick goal. A handball penalty on Zdravko Kuzmanovic in the 84’th minute gave Ghana a penalty kick opportunity. Asamoah Gyan drilled the kick, giving Ghana the first World Cup win by an African nation on African soil.
Both teams who came up short in the World Cup 2010 scores today forfeited two points with big errors. Algeria and Serbia each lost men in the late stages, and paid for it later on. However, Serbia’s additional handball mistake makes their defeat even more inexcusable.
These blunders could cost Serbia and Algeria dearly in the long run. Algeria could have gotten a point and forged a four-way tie in Group C, but now they are in last place with zero points. Meanwhile, Slovenia now has the Group C lead, with America and England looking up for now.
As for Serbia, the World Cup 2010 scores may be just as unforgiving. They had high hopes for the tournament, but now they have zero points, and must face Germany next on Friday. At the least, Robert Green isn’t the only World Cup goat this weekend.
NESN.com- “Algeria’s Sloppy Goaltending Gives Slovenia 1-0 Win” http://www.nesn.com/2010/06/algerias-sloppy-goaltending-gives-slovenia-10-win.html
Yahoo Sport- “World Cup 2010 – Gyan guides Ghana past Serbia” http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/13062010/58/world-cup-2010-gyan-guides-ghana-past-serbia.html