What happens when two countries quietly fighting a war face each other in a World Cup qualifier, exactly what you’d expect to happen. For the majority of the match both sides held their nerve and there was little trouble in and what seemed to be a jovial atmosphere prevailed in the stands as Algeria scored a lovely goal to go 1-0 up. Libya were never really much of a threat to the Algerians from that point onward, but it was by no means a dirty match until after the final whistle.
At that point tensions stemming from Algeria’s role in supporting the former Libyan government of international tent resident Mommmar Gadhafi boiled over and mayhem ensued. Its not really certain who started the fight, but I’d expect both sides to receive some sort of sanction from FIFA over the behavior, and I doubt they’ll be playing any friendlies soon.
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