Hearts were filled, but for a moment, when the game ended, and Slovenia conceded but one goal to the English. They were going through to the group of 16.
Then, moments later, in the US match versus Algeria, Donovan scores in extra time and Slovenia had their hopes squashed, as the Americans advanced.
Biggest congratulations to both Slovenia as well as Algeria on playing lovely and brave football. I thoroughly enjoyed watching both these teams battle it out in group C. Each team possessed fantastic moves, great defence, and brave goalkeeping. We had small teams, with little funds, and we battled giants. Both England and America had the power, training camps, supporters and outfits. Their fans demanded nothing but success.
A special Jane award goes to Slovenian keeper Samir Handanovic, who kept shots at bay, even clearing a John Terry header (one of my favourite moves by that man). Never mind Handanovic's fine looks, he saved the Slovenians with style and swiftness. Very nice to watch.
It was a must win for England, with throngs of devout fans across the globe all demanding their team finally offer results. Success was their only option. Rooney, red-faced and hungry, seemed out for blood. His pass to Dafoe proved to be the teams only goal and with it, Slovenia lost the match. I will miss watching Slovenia, and Algeria. I liked both teams and their smooth passing.
To all the Slovenian supporters out there, remember the boys are already champions. For the smallest country in the World Cup, getting so far, qualifying and battling giants to the end..they proved more than able, they rose to the challenge and fought to the end. Eleven brave hearts to the end. A hero's welcome surely awaits. Perhaps there will be Lipizzaner awaiting on the tarmac when their plane touches down in the capital. Those famous horses, if you didn't know, originate from Slovenia.