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Group C of the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on 12 June and ended on 23 June 2010.[1] The group consisted of England, the United States, Algeria, and Slovenia. Only England and the United States had previously met at a World Cup: in 1950, when the United States defeated England 1–0.

The United States and England finished tied at the top of the group with five points each; their goal differences were also level at +1, but the United States won the group having scored more goals than England in their three games.

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3   Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4   Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

MatchesEdit

All times local (UTC+02)

England vs United StatesEdit

England controlled the early part of the match and got off to a quick lead when an unmarked Steven Gerrard made a run into the box and beat United States goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fourth minute with the outside of his right foot. The United States levelled the game in the 40th minute when a seemingly harmless shot by Clint Dempsey was mishandled by England goalkeeper Robert Green and rolled into the net. The United States had a good opportunity to take the lead and pull off a surprise upset in the second half; striker Jozy Altidore muscled his way through the left side of the English defence and had a good attempt on goal, but Green deflected the shot against the crossbar. England also had a good opportunity to win the game when Emile Heskey fired straight at the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.

England  1–1  United States
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England[3]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States[3]
GK 12 Robert Green
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 6 John Terry
CB 20 Ledley King   46'
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)   61'
LM 16 James Milner   26'   31'
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey   79'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips   31'
DF 18 Jamie Carragher   60'   46'
FW 9 Peter Crouch   79'
Manager:
  Fabio Capello
 
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo   39'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit   47'
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 8 Clint Dempsey
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 13 Ricardo Clark
LM 10 Landon Donovan
CF 17 Jozy Altidore   86'
CF 20 Robbie Findley   74'   77'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Edson Buddle   77'
MF 11 Stuart Holden   86'
Manager:
Bob Bradley

Man of the Match:
Tim Howard (United States)

Assistant referees:
Altemir Hausmann (Brazil)[2]
Roberto Braatz (Brazil)[2]
Fourth official:
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)[2]
Fifth official:
Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)[2]

Algeria vs SloveniaEdit

Algeria  0–1  Slovenia
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Algeria[5]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Slovenia[5]
GK 16 Faouzi Chaouchi
RB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 3 Nadir Belhadj
RM 8 Mehdi Lacen
CM 15 Karim Ziani
LM 19 Hassan Yebda   90+5'
RW 21 Foued Kadir   82'
SS 13 Karim Matmour   81'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour   58'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal   59'   73'   58'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi   81'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura   82'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
 
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić
RM 17 Andraž Kirm
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević   35'   87'
LM 10 Valter Birsa   84'
SS 14 Zlatko Dedić   53'
CF 11 Milivoje Novaković
Substitutions:
FW 9 Zlatan Ljubijankić   53'
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik   84'
MF 20 Andrej Komac   90+3'   87'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek

Man of the Match:
Robert Koren (Slovenia)

Assistant referees:
Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)[4]
Carlos Pastrana (Honduras)[4]
Fourth official:
Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)[2]
Fifth official:
Brent Best (New Zealand)[2]

Slovenia vs United StatesEdit

Once again the U.S. was outplayed early, as Valter Birsa netted for Slovenia from distance and Zlatan Ljubijankić extended the lead soon after to give them a 2–0 lead at half-time. In the 48th minute, Landon Donovan cut the lead in half for the United States when he dribbled into the Slovenian box and blasted a close-range shot over Samir Handanović into the roof of the net. The United States kept their hopes of advancement alive when they equalised in the 82nd minute. Altidore placed a header into the Slovenian box that was run down by midfielder Michael Bradley, who lobbed the keeper to tie the game. A few minutes later, the United States looked as if they were going to complete their comeback when a Donovan free kick was volleyed in by substitute Maurice Edu; however, referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed the goal and the game ended in a 2–2 draw.

Slovenia  2–2  United States
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Slovenia[7]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
United States[7]
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler   69'
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar   35'
LB 13 Bojan Jokić   75'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa   87'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm   72'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankić   74'
CF 11 Milivoje Novaković
Substitutions:
FW 7 Nejc Pečnik   74'   90+4'
FW 14 Zlatko Dedić   87'
MF 20 Andrej Komac   90+4'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
 
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 5 Oguchi Onyewu   80'
LB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
RM 10 Landon Donovan
CM 16 José Francisco Torres   46'
CM 4 Michael Bradley
LM 8 Clint Dempsey
CF 17 Jozy Altidore
CF 20 Robbie Findley   40'   46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber   46'
MF 19 Maurice Edu   46'
FW 9 Herculez Gomez   80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
 
The Slovenia and United States teams line up for the national anthems before the game

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Redouane Achik (Morocco)[6]
Inácio Cândido (Angola)[6]
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)[6]
Fifth official:
Jeffrey Gek Pheng (Singapore)[6]

England vs AlgeriaEdit

England  0–0  Algeria
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England[8]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Algeria[8]
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson
CB 18 Jamie Carragher   58'
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 7 Aaron Lennon   63'
CM 14 Gareth Barry   84'
CM 8 Frank Lampard
LM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
SS 10 Wayne Rooney
CF 21 Emile Heskey   74'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Shaun Wright-Phillips   63'
FW 19 Jermain Defoe   74'
FW 9 Peter Crouch   84'
Manager:
  Fabio Capello
 
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
CB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
CB 4 Antar Yahia (c)
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda   88'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen   85'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 7 Ryad Boudebouz   74'
AM 15 Karim Ziani   81'
CF 13 Karim Matmour
Substitutions:
MF 22 Djamel Abdoun   74'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura   81'
DF 20 Djamel Mesbah   88'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane
 
England vs Algeria

Man of the Match:
Ashley Cole (England)

Assistant referees:
Rafael Ilyasov (Uzbekistan)[6]
Bakhadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)[6]
Fourth official:
Michael Hester (New Zealand)[6]
Fifth official:
Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)[6]

Slovenia vs EnglandEdit

Jermain Defoe's 23rd-minute goal allowed England to claim the win and progress to the knockout stage of the competition. After the goal, England created several more chances but were unable to add to their lead.

Slovenia  0–1  England
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Slovenia[9]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
England[9]
GK 1 Samir Handanović
RB 2 Mišo Brečko
CB 4 Marko Šuler
CB 5 Boštjan Cesar
LB 13 Bojan Jokić   40'
CM 8 Robert Koren (c)
CM 18 Aleksandar Radosavljević
RW 10 Valter Birsa   79'
LW 17 Andraž Kirm   79'
CF 9 Zlatan Ljubijankić   62'
CF 11 Milivoje Novaković
Substitutions:
FW 14 Zlatko Dedić   81'   62'
FW 23 Tim Matavž   79'
Manager:
Matjaž Kek
 
GK 1 David James
RB 2 Glen Johnson   48'
CB 15 Matthew Upson
CB 6 John Terry
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 4 Steven Gerrard (c)
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 14 Gareth Barry
LM 16 James Milner
SS 19 Jermain Defoe   86'
CF 10 Wayne Rooney   72'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Joe Cole   72'
FW 21 Emile Heskey   86'
Manager:
  Fabio Capello

Man of the Match:
James Milner (England)

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Fifth official:
William Torres (El Salvador)

United States vs AlgeriaEdit

Early in the game, the United States nearly allowed another early goal as an Algerian shot hit the crossbar. Throughout the remainder of the game, the United States had a number of good chances against a solid Algerian defence that allowed just one goal from two games; striker Jozy Altidore volleyed wide of an open net, while Clint Dempsey had a goal disallowed for a controversial offside call and later hit the crossbar on a shot and missed an empty net on the rebound. After 90 minutes of a scoreless affair, the United States were at risk of elimination: with England leading Slovenia 1–0, a 0–0 draw for the United States would have caused them to finish third in Group C on three points (behind England on five and Slovenia on four). However, in stoppage time, American goalkeeper Tim Howard quickly threw an outlet pass to Landon Donovan, who moved the ball up the pitch and passed the ball just outside the box to Altidore, who then crossed the ball to an open Dempsey in the middle of the box. With the Algerian goalkeeper closing in, Dempsey shot quickly and was blocked; however, Donovan followed the shot and put the rebound into the net for an easy goal. The United States held on for the final few minutes for a 1–0 victory. The late goal not only saved the United States from elimination but also allowed them to win their group for the first time since 1930, advancing to play Ghana in the round of 16.

United States  1–0  Algeria
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United States[10]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Algeria[10]
GK 1 Tim Howard
RB 12 Jonathan Bornstein   80'
CB 15 Jay DeMerit
CB 3 Carlos Bocanegra (c)
LB 6 Steve Cherundolo
CM 4 Michael Bradley
CM 19 Maurice Edu   64'
RW 8 Clint Dempsey
LW 10 Landon Donovan
SS 17 Jozy Altidore   62'
CF 9 Herculez Gomez   46'
Substitutions:
MF 22 Benny Feilhaber   46'
FW 14 Edson Buddle   64'
MF 7 DaMarcus Beasley   90'   80'
Manager:
Bob Bradley
 
GK 23 Raïs M'Bolhi
RB 2 Madjid Bougherra
CB 5 Rafik Halliche
LB 4 Antar Yahia (c)   76'   90+3'
RM 21 Foued Kadir
CM 19 Hassan Yebda   12'
CM 8 Mehdi Lacen   83'
LM 3 Nadir Belhadj
AM 13 Karim Matmour   84'
AM 15 Karim Ziani   69'
CF 11 Rafik Djebbour   65'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Abdelkader Ghezzal   65'
MF 17 Adlène Guedioura   69'
FW 10 Rafik Saïfi   84'
Manager:
Rabah Saâdane

Man of the Match:
Landon Donovan (United States)

Assistant referees:
Peter Hermans (Belgium)
Walter Vromans (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)
Fifth official:
Mu Yuxin (China)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Match Schedule 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa" (PDF) (Press release). 9 December 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2009.
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  4. ^ a b c "Algeria-Slovenia gets substitute ref". ESPNsoccernet.com. Associated Press. 8 June 2010. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
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