Slovenia beat Algeria 1-0 in World Cup

Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 19:16

Polokwane: Robert Koren scored a late goal Sunday to give Slovenia a 1-0 win over 10-man Algeria and first place in Group C of the World Cup, ahead of the United States and England.

Koren scored with a long-range shot that Algeria goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi misjudged and allowed to bounce into the net off his arm in the 79th minute.

Algeria substitute Abdelkader Ghezzal was sent off in the 72nd, picking up a second yellow card for handling the ball inside the Slovenian penalty area.

Algeria twice came close in the first half when Nadir Belhadj`s 25-yard free kick forced Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to stretch and push the ball over the crossbar, and defender Rafik Halliche headed just wide.

England and the U.S. have one point each after tying 1-1 Saturday night.

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First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 19:16

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