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. As group winners, the United States advanced to face Group D runners-up, Ghana, while England, as group runners-up, faced the winners of Group D, Germany.
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 back of 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 right-hand post. England also had a good opportunity to win the game when Emile Heskey fired straight at the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.
Once again the Americans were outplayed early, as Valter Birsa netted for Slovenia from distance and Zlatan Ljubijankič 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.
The game began in favor of Slovenia as Birsa's low left-footed shot was straight at David James. Shortly after, a long-range free kick by Frank Lampard was gathered well to the right by Samir Handanaovic. The next chance fell to Slovenia, as Cesar's left-footed volley deflected but was saved to the right by James. Jermain Defoe then scored in the 22nd minute after volleying in a cross from the right by James Milner. Shortly after, another English cross from the right was parried away by Handanovic right in front of Defoe and Lampard missed the rebound. England's next chance forced a double save from Handanovic. Defoe's shot from outside the box was parried away to the right by Handanovic. Seconds later, Steven Gerrard's low attempt from the penalty spot was met in the bottom right corner by Handanovic, who gathered the rebound. In the second half, a Wayne Rooney corner was punched away by Handanovic, and Defoe shot wide after the punch was headed back into the box. Defoe put in another goal afterwards, but was offside. John Terry came close to scoring a header at the near post off a corner kick, but was pushed away brilliantly by Handanovic. England nearly put away a second goal as England played a ball back into the box to a wide open Rooney. His slightly scuffed effort got a slight touch from Handanovic's right hand to tip it onto the post. Slovenia nearly equalized late into the second half, as Birsa and Zlatko Dedič's efforts were blocked by John Terry and Glen Johnson. However, the match ended soon thereafter, and England advanced to face Germany in the Round of 16.
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; In the 7th minute, Herculez Gomez struck a near-post shot that was parried away by Algerian goalkeeper Rais M'bolhi. striker Jozy Altidore volleyed wide of an open net after M'Bolhi saved an attempt with his legs. Clint Dempsey also had a goal disallowed for a controversial offside call and later hit the post on a shot and missed an empty net on the rebound. M'bolhi made several more saves in the second half to deny Benny Feilhaber, Edson Buddle, and Michael Bradley. 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.