Algeria and Greece qualify for the 2010 World Cup

Algeria have beaten Egypt 1 – 0 to secure the final African place at the 2010 World Cup. A spectacular first half volley from Antar Yahia gave the Algerians victory in front of a frenzied crowd in neutral Sudan. This from the BBC’s website: “One of the most stunning roars you will ever hear from a football stadium as the Algerians go properly nutbag”. I think this means they’re happy to have reached their first World Cup finals since 1986.

In the other early kick off Greece beat Ukraine 1 - 0 away to snatch an unlikely victory and secure passage to their first World Cup since 1994. The Greeks were considered the underdogs after drawing the home leg 0 - 0 but took a first half lead courtesy of a goal from Salpingidis. Despite intense second half pressure they hung on to secure a famous victory.

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