Irish demand replay after controversial finish vs. France

November 19, 2009


Antiquities of Provence, Hubert Robert
“Ireland appealed to both France and FIFA on Thursday to replay their World Cup playoff after an obvious handball by Thierry Henry set up the deciding goal. Ireland’s government and football association asked for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in the second leg at Stade de France to be replayed. France advanced to next year’s World Cup in South Africa 2-1 on aggregate.” (SI)

FAI request France replay
“The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have lodged a formal complaint with FIFA over the controversial World Cup play-off defeat to France and have urged world football’s governing body to replay the match. • Maher: Ireland hard done by • Keane blasts FIFA and UEFA • France 1-1 (2-1 agg) Ireland • Ireland fuming over handball • Henry admits handball” (ESPN)

Irish Demand Replay With France
“Ireland appealed to France and football authorities Thursday to replay their World Cup playoff in Paris after an obvious handball by Thierry Henry produced the winning goal. Ireland’s government and football association united in demands for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in France to be replayed, but Irish coach Giovanni Trapattoni dismissed the prospect as ‘impossible.’ In extra time, Mr. Henry twice handled the ball to prevent it going out of play, then passed to William Gallas in the Irish box for the deciding goal.” (WSJ)

Irish ask Fifa for France replay
“The Football Association of Ireland has lodged a complaint with Fifa asking for their World Cup play-off against France to be replayed. Republic of Ireland were beaten 2-1 on aggregate after France won with goal scored when captain Thierry Henry handled the ball in the build-up. Fifa insisted its disciplinary code says referees’ decisions “are final”. And the situation took on a political aspect as the Irish and French prime ministers disagreed over the matter.” (BBC)

Irish ‘cheated’ by Henry handball
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Don’t be so quick to judge Henry
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Hand Thierry Henry – Ireland / French 2010
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Yahia cracker seals play-off win

November 19, 2009


“Antar Yahia’s spectacular goal earned Algeria the final African qualifying spot in next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa. The centre-half volleyed home five minutes before half-time and a solid rearguard effort in the second half kept out Egypt. Emad Meteab had the best chance for Egypt but was denied by impressive Algeria keeper Fawzi Chaouchi. A capacity crowd filled the Khartoum Stadium in Sudan – with 5,000 more fans locked outside the ground.” (ESPN)

Match Of The Midweek: Algeria 1-0 Egypt
“It’s a rivalry that goes back decades. Some say that it’s political, whilst others point at matches from the past that have inflamed sensibilities in a world that seems to consider the art of taking offence to be the next step in the evolutionary chain. Both sides of the divide sees the other as being the absolute opposite without ever seeming to take the similarities between their two nations into account. Football is truly a global game in the twenty-first century, and Algeria versus Egypt has become one of the international games Battle Royales.” (twohundredpercent)

Algeria celebrates victory over Egypt
“I have to admit that I was scared for ten or so minutes after the final whistle blew here in Oran, Algeria last night. I watched Les Verts’ World Cup play-off game with Egypt in a cafe in darkened streets of a city that I don’t know. Anthar Yahia’s 40th minute goal, a Van Basten-esque angled volley, unleashed the country’s wildest celebrations since July 1962 – the month Algeria secured its bloody independence from France. Chairs flew over the road, aerosal sprays flashed into the sky, cars vroomed down the streets backwards and sideways, kids slalomed between klaxoning motorbikes and I had to duck once or twice to avoid the fireworks thrown like confetti.” (WSC)

Algeria battle to victory
“Nicknamed the ‘mother of all matches’, the grudge match that was Algeria vs. Egypt did not contain the sparks of the thrilling final group game; but Algeria won’t care. Beating the back-to-back African champions 1-0 in Sudan, the unfancied Algerian side worked wonders to reach their first World Cup in 23 years and many will suggest that it was well-deserved.” (ESPN)

Yahia sends Algeria to World Cup
“Algeria booked a first trip to the World Cup in 24 years by beating Egypt 1-0 in a tense play-off in Sudan. Centre-back Antar Yahia settled the contest with a stunning first-half volley at an angle eight yards out from Karim Ziani’s punt into the box. Rookie goalkeeper Fawzi Chaouchi was the night’s other hero as he constantly denied the six-time African champions. The two were forced to go to the one-off play-off in Khartoum after finishing level in Group C.” (BBC)

Algeria beats Egypt in playoff to reach World Cup
“Algeria qualified for its first World Cup in 24 years with a 1-0 win over Egypt on Wednesday, triggering wild celebrations in Algiers. A stunning first-half strike by defender Antar Yahya gave Algeria victory in the playoff match. Yahya’s 39th minute winner came against the run of play when he took advantage of a lapse in concentration by Egypt’s defenders to hit a perfect volley in off the underside of the crossbar with his right foot from an acute angle. (SI)