The Sports Thread #1/The World Cup Playoffs Thread #1 For 11/19/13: The Final Day (Second Version)
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The King of 2013 continues to show anyone who makes him mad what can happen when you do, especially those Swedish papers showing him crying.
A remarkable day for this man, where I am glad that this question I asked last week is now irrelevant:
Heartbreak for the small nations so close to making history. Both Iceland and Burkina Faso tried their all, with the latter very unlucky to not have Algeria go to 10 men after captain Madjid Bougherra's ridiculous challenge in the first half that should have seen red. It made it even more cruel for the Faso to see that same man score the tie-wnning goal and lost on aggregate despite scoring the same number of goals.
Iceland could do nothing with a man advantage, as their fine attacking options were listless on the awful pitch in Zagreb. Mario Mandzukic displayed how vital he is for his country and set them through in a solid 2-0 win.
The big boys of France, Portugal, and Mexico survived utter embarrassing both financially and of course spiritually.
More to come for sure the next day at The Whole Delivery.