Algeria's national team became the final African team to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by defeating the Egyptian team, 1-0, in the final game of the African qualifiers for the global event. They played at Al-Marreekh Stadium in Omdurman, Sudan, on Nov. 18.
The two teams were forced into a playoff match after they tied in all aspects of the Group C qualifiers, following the Egyptian national team's 2-0 victory over Algeria on Nov.14 in Cairo, in the sixth round of the group qualifying matches.
Defender Antar Yahya of Germany's Bochum scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute, handing the qualifying ticket to Algeria's national team, the 27th to reach the finals.
The Algerian Desert Warriors took revenge on the Pharaohs who had previously ousted them from the African qualifiers for the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy, when they tied, 0-0, in Algeria. Egypt later trounced Algeria, 1-0, in Cairo.
Algeria's national team, known to fans as the Greens, is the fifth African national team to land a position in the finals, joining Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon. They will all join the South African national team, which, as the representative of the World Cup host country, was not required to play in the qualifying round.
This is the third time that Algeria's national team will take part in the World Cup finals. It also participated in the 1982 and 1986 tournaments.
The Algerian national team is the only Arab team that will compete in the finals. All others from Asia and Africa exited the qualifying round empty-handed.