Slovenia would move to the top of Group C with a solid defensive performance and a timely goal late in the second half.
Neither side many scoring chances in the first half as both teams played a bit cautious. A loss for either side would all but end their hopes of getting to the next round with USA and England the next two opponents. Algeria would have a few more chances in the first half but neither side converted as it was 0-0 by halftime.
In the second half, there would be a few turning points that gave momentum to Slovenia. Abdelkader Ghezzal would come in for Algeria as a second half substitute and and pick up two yellow cards in less than 20 minutes. The second was a handball in the 73rd minute which put Algeria to only 10 men for the remainder of the match. With the advantage, Slovenia would take advantage with a goal from Robert Koren in the 79th minute.
Koren’s goal was a shot from outside the box that the goalkeeper nearly saved but instead he deflected it slightly before it went into the back of the net. It was a great victory for Slovenia who likely need only one win or a draw to have a chance to move into the knockout stage. Algeria’s chances are all but done to advance in the tournament.
Algeria 0-1 Slovenia: Goal Videos
Algeria 0-1 Slovenia (Koren) – 79′
Robert Koren scores the match winner for Algeria in the 79th minute on a shot from just outside the box.
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