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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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