USA’s World Cup Opposition: Weekend Wrap

Cologne's Milivoje Novakovic of Slovenia scored twice this weekend in the Bundesliga

Cologne's Milivoje Novakovic of Slovenia scored twice this weekend in the Bundesliga

ALGERIA

  • Algerian Captain Yazid Monsouri and FC Lorient were crushed by league leaders Bordeaux 4-1 in Ligue Un.
  • Nadir Belhadj scored a spectacular first half goal in Pompey 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Fratton Park. The build up play was started by Beljadj’s Algerian team mate Hassan Yedba, who also had a solid match.
  • Karim Matmour was out injured for Borussia Monchengladbach. He typically starts alongside Michael Bradley in the midfield.
  • Karim Ziani went the full ninty minutes for Wolfsburg, as the reining German Champions wrapped up a disappointing first half of the season in a 2-2 draw versus Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Abdelkader Ghezzal went a full 90 in Siena’s 1-0 loss to suring Palermo.
  • Hamuer Bouazza and Blackpool’s English Championship matchup with West Brom was postponed due to snow.
  • Kamel Ghilas was an unused sub for Hull City in the 3-0 loss to Arsenal.
  • Madjid Bougherra went the full 90 in Rangers’ SPL thrashing of Motherwell.
  • Mourad Meghni played 58 poor minutes for Lazio versis Inter before being subbed out.

ENGLAND

  • Wayne Rooney played the full 90 in Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to Fulham
  • Frank Lampard scored a penalty kick goal for Chelsea in the 1-1 draw with West Ham. John Terry, Ashley Cole and Joe Cole also played a role in the match for Chelsea.
  • Gareth Barry set up a goal for Manchester City in its 4-3 victory over Sunderland. Shaun Wright Phillips went out injured early in the second half, while Wayne Bridge missed out with injury.
  • Emile Heskey was injured in the 24th minute of Aston Villa’s 1-0 win over Stoke. James Milner and Stewart Downing also played key roles in this match.
  • Peter Crouch scored twice for Spurs in a 2-0 win at Blackburn. Jermaine Defoe also played a role in this match.
  • Steven Gerrard played ninety poor minutes for Liverpool as the Reds were beat at Fratton Park 2-0. Glen Johnson played a decisive role with poor defending that allowed both Algerian players on Pompey (a group opponent of England) to look good.
  • Theo Walcott made a late cameo for Arsenal with a 3-0 win over Hull City, already secure.

SLOVENIA

  • Robert Koren and West Brom’s match versus Blackpool was postponed.
  • Rene Krhin was an unused sub for Inter in a 2-0 win over Lazio
  • Milivoje Novakovic scored twice for Koln in a 3-0 win over Nurnberg. Miso Brecko also played well in this match.
  • Zlato Dedic played the first 45 minutes for Bochum before being subbed out versus Hannover and Steve Cherundolo.
  • Bojan Jokic of Sochaux’s match was postponed due to snow.
  • Samir Handonovic of Udinese’s match was also postponed due to snow.

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